Jasmina Anema is a 6-year-old New York City girl who is suffering from a rare and particularly deadly form of leukemia. Doctors fear Little Jasmina Anema could die unless she receives a bone-marrow transplant soon. Her family hopes a donor drive will find a match, the New York Daily News reports. Singers Kelly Rowland and Rihanna and NBA star Paul Pierce are spreading the word about a bone marrow drive to be held this Saturday in hopes of finding a match for Jasmina. The best bets for donors are usually family members and, in the case of Jasmina, a donor who is African-American like her. But Jasmina was adopted, and her mother is white. “I need thousands of people to come,” Theodora Anema, Jasmina’s mother, told the newspaper.
The “One for Jasmina” Web site has information about the donor drive, as well as how to become a donor by requesting a simple kit.