I’m aware that much of what I write for AssociatedContent.com is silly celebrity gossip because that’s often what people seem to want to read. When I write something reasonably intelligent, nobody wants to read it.
On a serious and sad note, I just found out that Broadway star, Shannon Tavarez, of Lion King fame, has died of Leukemia. She was only eleven years old. She played the young lion cub, Nala, in the popular Broadway show.
This news made me cry. I hate when little kids are sick and in any kind of pain, but this little girl was a beautiful breath of fresh air. She was a great talent with so much potential. Her charisma and stage presence was undeniable as was her powerful singing voice and bright, sunny disposition. That smile of hers could light up Broadway without any electricity at all.
Shannon passed away on Monday at a New York hospital. She was the victim of a form of cancer called Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. This particular form of Leukemia is common to adults, but rarely does it strike a child.
She was first diagnosed with Leukemia when she began to have back and leg pain. Doctors could not find a bone marrow donor for her and although she underwent chemotherapy and an umbilical cord transplant, she lost her battle with Leukemia.
Shannon was interracial with an African-American mother and a Dominican father, which is part of the reason why a donor match could not be found for the bone marrow transplant. It’s often difficult to find matches for interracial children as well as Hispanic and African-American children because of lack of donors.
Brave Shannon put out PSA’s and enthusiastically assisted with efforts to find donors for all children and to raise awareness of Leukemia and the need for bone marrow donors.
People of all ethnicities are encourage to sign up as potential bone marrow donors.
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My heart goes out to Shannon’s family, her friends and her fans.http://www.dkmsamericas.org/about or https://www.dkmsamericas.org/bone-marrow-donors/become-marrow-donor.