Rihanna wants to 'refresh' bone marrow donations
Rihanna wants you to become a bone marrow donor -- or at least help her get funding for a whole lot of potential donors.
The singer -- who will perform on "American Idol" on Wednesday -- is leading a campaign to get $250,000 in funding for DKMS, the largest bone marrow donor center in the world. The money would come from the Pepsi Refresh project, which is doling out $20 million to various worthy causes.
Rihanna's own foundation is also involved in the effort.
The money would help sign up almost 4,000 new donors (the initial screening costs $65), who could potentially save the lives of leukemia patients if they match someone in need of a transplant.
"I've learned the hard way that anyone can be affected by leukemia," Rihanna says. "It is a disease that does not discriminate amongst age, race or gender. It is the number one disease children in the U.S. die of and it is particularly hard for minorities to find a match because they are underrepresented in the national registry. Sadly only seventeen percent of African Americans in need of a transplant will receive one."
That's a pretty easy cause to get behind. You can get more details at RefreshEverything.com.
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