Lion King's Tavarez Will Get Umbilical Cord Blood to Battle Cancer

News   Lion King's Tavarez Will Get Umbilical Cord Blood to Battle Cancer Shannon Tavarez, the 11-year-old actress who appeared as Young Nala in The Lion King on Broadway, will undergo a transplant of umbilical cord blood on Aug. 17 in an effort to battle acute myelogenous leukemia.

Shannon Tavarez
Shannon Tavarez

The Broadway community recently rallied to find bone-marrow matches for Queens native Tavarez in two midtown blood drives, but a match was not found. A search continues. The Daily News reported the umbilical cord story on Aug. 13. Umbilical cord blood from an anonymous donor will be used; it's an alternative to bone marrow for treating leukemia, the paper reported.

Bone marrow drives for Tavarez continue. Potential donors get a simple saliva swab and results are put into a wide database that may lead to helping others stricken with cancer.

For more about Tavarez's battle with cancer, visit matchshannon.com.

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