Patrons and Actors "Get Swabbed" to Save Child

NEW YORK (AP) - They weren't lining up at New York City's Minskoff Theater for entertainment. They were queuing up to help an ailing 11-year-old Broadway actress or others like her who need a bone marrow transplant.

The cast and crew of "The Lion King" organized the donor registration drive Friday to save the life of actress Shannon Tavarez, who was forced to quit the Broadway show in April after she was diagnosed with leukemia.

Hundreds of people had their cheeks swabbed to be tested to see if they would be a match for Tavarez or anyone else needing a transplant.

Dr. Larry Wolfe, Tavarez' physician, says she will need a bone marrow transplant but hasn't found the perfect match. Wolfe says a partial match has been found but a better one is being sought.
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Online: Shannon Tavarez: http://matchshannon.com
DKMS donor registry: http://www.getswabbed.org

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