Kelly Rowland, Rihanna and NY Knick, Chris Wilcox Assist In Bone-Marrow DriveMarch 6th, 2009
Kelly Rowland & friends offer support….. Celebrities have stepped up to help a 6-year-old
Doctors fear Little Jasmina Anema could die unless she receives a bone-marrow transplant soon. Singers Kelly Rowland and Rihanna, and New York Knick Chris Wilcox among many who are spreading the word about a bone marrow drive to be held Saturday in hopes of finding a match for Jasmina.
Former Destiny’s Child singer, Kelly Rowland joined Jasmina and her best friend, Isabelle, at NYU Medical Center Wednesday to help her young fan celebrate her sixth birthday told Access Hollywood, “The message I would like for everybody out there to know is that this Saturday is a [bone marrow] drive and it’s an outpatient surgery – it’s not an invasive procedure … Just think about if it were you, if it were your family member, someone that you’re extremely close to and look at her face. This life.”
Rihanna told People, “when I saw the video of Jasmina it broke my heart. The singer who helped out another child with leukemia last year added:
It is so unfair that for a black patient it’s so much harder to find a bone marrow match.
The singer who helped out another child with leukemia last year added:
“Leukemia is the most common disease children in the
Chris Wilcox visited Jasmina in the hospital and was touched by this adorable, vibrant little girl who is unknowingly fighting for her life.
“I have a sister who suffers from Lupus so unfortunately she is in and out of the hospital and has undergone chemo therapy,” said Wilcox. “I just can’t bear to see a 5-year-old who literally could die if we don’t find her a match soon – and it’s not an organ that she needs, it is blood cells! It could be any one of us that could save her life.”
Dr. William L. Carroll, M.D, Jasmina’s doctor at
Jasmina, along with her best friend Isabelle Huurman first caught the attention Wilcox when he saw a heartbreaking video where Isabelle is asking to help find the “ONE for Jasmina” – the perfect donor match.
View the video at www.oneforjasmina.org
A bone marrow drive is set for Saturday at PS 41 in the Village where Jasmina goes to school. Those who want to help can also order a do-it-yourself bone marrow test kit from www.oneforjasmina.com.