February 25, 2008 03:28:09 GMT
Rihanna is trying to help a mum-of-two who is suffering from an aggressive form of cancer to find a suitable bone marrow donor.
Rihanna was taking time in between her hectic schedules performing at the Grammys and the Brit Awards to help a leukemia patient to find a suitable bone marrow donor. The R&B singer is trying to raise publicity to find a suitable donor for Lisa Gershowitz Flynn, who is suffering from an aggressive form of cancer called Acute Myelogenous Leukemia and may have just a month to live.
Lisa is a 41-year-old mother of two young children. She was diagnosed back in November with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, a fast-growing cancer of the blood and bone marrow. Doctors have told her she has four to six weeks to find a suitable donor, People has reported.
Lent her hand to help Lisa, Rihanna thus is working with DKMS, the world's largest non-profit marrow donor center to help raise awareness for the need for people to come forward to become donors.
"When I heard about Lisa's plight, my heart broke," Rihanna said in a statement. "I said, 'I need to get the word out about Lisa right away.'"
She furthermore revealed, "I think DKMS is an incredible charity because you can really see the results. My own charity, Believe, works specifically with children in need. Children need their mothers more than anything else in the world. Lisa has two children. My charity will continue to work with DKMS, because in finding a way to save Lisa's life, we will in turn be saving her children's lives."
Is blown away that Rihanna is taking time to try to find a donor match for her, Lisa commented "For Rihanna to even be thinking about helping others and putting herself out there when she is so busy with her career is tremendous."
Visit GiftforLisa.com or DKMSAmericas.org for more information on how to help.