Bone Marrow Campaign for 'Lion King' Starlet Draws in 385 Donors

It seems that the bone marrow drive for Shannon Tavarez, the 11-year-old, who essayed the role of Young Nala, the lion cub in "The Lion King" has been able to draw in hundreds of donors.

The young girl is suffering from the deadly blood cancer. She was detected with the disease in April, after playing the famous role for seven months.

It is believed that in an attempt to help Shannon in her combat against leukaemia, around 385 persons enrolled themselves as bone marrow donors on Sunday. The campaign was organized by the bone marrow registry DKMS at St. Malachy's Roman Catholic Church, in the theatre district.

The drive intends to lend a hand in the recovery of Shannon. However, the funds will also be used for the treatment of other cancer patients.

For complete recovery, the girl has to undergo a bone marrow transplant, which would need a genetic match. She would then be able to make a comeback to theatre. According to the reports from the Associated Press, Shannon was able to grab the part of Young Nala in her first open audition.

Meanwhile, another bone marrow drive will be organized at the Minskoff Theatre, The Lion King’s Broadway home, on July 23 from 10 a. m. to 3 p. m., for the young Broadway star.