Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ to Sponsor Marrow Drive for Former Child Cast Member

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Last month, we told you about Shannon Tavarez, a former cast member of the Broadway production of Disney Theatrical’s ‘The Lion King,’ who was diagnosed with AML Leukemia at age 10. On July 23, from 10 am – 3 pm, cast and crew from the musical will be on hand hosting a bone marrow drive in Shannon’s honor at the Minkskoff Theatre in New York City, where the show performs.

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Former Star of Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ Fights for Life at Age 11

At the age of 10, Shannon Tavarez managed to accomplish what most never could, taking on a pivotal role in one of the most popular theatrical productions in Broadway’s history, that of young Nala. Less than a year later, Shannon finds herself fighting for her life having been diagnosed with AML Leukemia, a cancer whose victims have an average age of 65.

Shannon now spends her days receiving chemotherapy treatments and acting as a spokesperson for DKMS, the world’s largest bone marrow donor matching service. In Shannon’s case, finding a donor is particularly difficult because of her mother being African-American and her father is Dominican. On her quest for finding a donor, Shannon has prepared the following video for DKMS:

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