The bone marrow donor center DKMS has reported nearly 2,000 registrations on its website, GetSwabbed.org, between the announcement of Tavarez's death and Nov. 4, along with many calls asking for advice on how to help in her name. Approximately 10,000 people registered while Tavarez was alive after hearing her story.
Tavarez's mother, Odiney Brown, has released this statement:
“Shannon’s strength and her happy, positive spirit will live on in our hearts and minds each day. Shannon’s dream was to perform on stage, and that she did. We are grateful for the ongoing support from her Lion King family and the Broadway community. Shannon wanted to recruit people everywhere to 'get swabbed' and help save the lives of those in need of a bone marrow transplant. In her memory, our family and friends will work tirelessly to carry out her wish through MatchShannon.com. It is our hope that Shannon’s legacy will continue to inspire other brave children battling leukemia. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers.”
Tavarez, who shared the part of Young Nala with another actress in the Broadway production of The Lion King, left the show in April after being diagnosed with leukemia. She underwent a transplant of umbilical cord blood Aug. 17 when a bone marrow transplant could not be found for her.
To learn more about what you can do to help, visit GetSwabbed.org or MatchShannon.com.