Sadly 11-year-old leukemia patient, and Lion King star Shannon Tavarez still hasn't found a bone marrow match & time is running short. 50 Cent is stepping up to the plate to offer more help.
As a direct result of 50 Cent's efforts last week DKMS registered over 3,600 potentially life-saving donors for Shannon or other leukemia patients like her.
But he still wanted to do more so this Sunday 50 Cent, the G-Unity Foundation & DKMS will host a bone marrow drive at the Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Community Garden in Queens.
Since 50 Cent's PSA went LIVE on www.GetSwabbed.org and ThisIs50.com it instantly became a viral phenomenon--receiving more than two hundred thousand hits. As a result, over 3,600 people have registered with DKMS to save the life of Shannon Tavarez or others like her. Now as part of his ongoing philanthropic efforts, 50 Cent and the G-Unity Foundation along with DKMS, will hold a bone marrow drive at the Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Community Garden on Sunday August 15th.
BECOME A LIFESAVER!
The DKMS mission is to save lives by recruiting bone marrow donors for leukemia patients.
More than 20,000 DKMS donors have helped save lives by donating their bone marrow. DKMS
is the largest bone marrow donor center in the world with more than 2 million registered
donors. DKMS Americas is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson Community Garden
117-15 117-09 165th Street
Queens, New York
Why YOU are so important as a bone marrow donor?
Every 10 minutes blood cancer takes a life.
Leukemia is the most common disease children and young adults in the U.S die of,
and a bone marrow transplant may be their only chance for survival.
Only 4 out of every 10 patients will receive the transplant that could save their lives.
What is my commitment if I register?
Will also be listed on the Be The Match Registry® (operated by the NMDP) until your 61st
birthday, unless you ask to be removed.
Will consider donating to any searching patient who needs a bone marrow transplant.
How do I become a bone marrow donor?
You need to be between the ages of 18 and 55 years old and meet the eligibility
requirements and understand your commitment.
You need to complete a registration form.
You need to swab your cheeks using a cotton-tipped swab to collect cheek cells
which will identify your HLA tissue-type.