50 Cent Hosts Donor Drive For 11-Year-Old Actress With Leukemia
50 Cent took a break from his various rap feuds yesterday (August 15th) to host a donor drive for Shannon Tavarez, an 11-year-old actress with Leukemia.
The rapper and his G-Unity Foundation, along with DKMS, hosted thousands of potential donors at his Curtis Jackson Community Garden in Jamaica, Queens.
50 partnered with DKMS, the largest bone marrow donor center in the world, to host the drive for Tavaraz, who ultimately needs a bone marrow transplant.
Over the course of two days, a record 4,000 people registered, in hopes of finding a matching blood donor for an operation that is slated to take place this week.
Tavaraz, who starred as "Nala" in the Broadway version of The Lion King, is still in need of a bone marrow after being diagnosed with Leukemia in April of 2009.
"A lot of kids don't have donors in their families, so they have to look to strangers to be the donor for them," 50 Cent told New York's Channel 7 Eyewitness News.
Last week, a viral video of 50 Cent drove thousands more people to DKMS' facilities, where people swabbed in hopes of being a match for Tavarez.