R&B superstars Rihanna and Alicia Keyes are campaigning to get the word out about a little girl who needs a bone marrow transplant to live, reports People.
Eleven year old Shannon Tavarez played the young Nala in The Lion King on Broadway before being diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia. Tavarez’s was diagnosed after her legs mysteriously started to hurt, which prevented her from walking properly.
The news “really hit me hard,” Tavarez tells People.
Keys says she was touched when she visited Tavarez on July 2 in the Long Island hospital where she receives daily chemotherapy treatments.
“For her, the sky is the limit, but now she’s fighting for her life,” Keys tells PEOPLE.
Rhianna seconds that sentiment. “[Tavarez] should be performing on Broadway, but is confined to her bed, fighting for her life,” Rihanna tells PEOPLE. “She needs to find a bone marrow donor to survive. I urge all my fans to register [as donors]. It’s the most beautiful thing someone could do, to give the gift of life.”
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