106 & PARK Urges Viewers to Help Save the Life of 10-Year-Old: Become a Bone Marrow Donor

On February 9, while watching BET's 106 and Park, LJ Jones visited the show, a 10-year-old boy with a rare, progressively fatal blood disease called hypereosinophilic syndrome. This disease causes an excess of white blood cells to attack his organs. With a mixed ancestry (African American, Latino, and Native American), LJ’s case is particularly daunting. He’s been through numerous rounds of chemotherapy, but it’s going to take a bone marrow transplant to save his life.

106 & Park's, Terrance and Rocsi made a direct appeal to viewers to get tested and become donors. The rate of Blacks and multi-ethnic individuals signing up to be donors are extremely low. Currently 83% of Blacks who need transplants never find a match.

I sat there and thought, "I'm healthy. My offspring is thankfully healthy. Why not become a bone marrow donor? There is the possibility that I can save a life." So I registered. Join The Bone Marrow Registry: Become a Donor. Ladies, if you may not be brave enough to become a donor, you may still make a difference and possibly save a life, register to donate your umbilical cord blood.

Simple swab test ... here's mine!

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