Stars galore came out earlier this week under the New York City skyline for the fifth annual DKMS Gala to fight leukemia. The event raised a record $2.5 million, which will go towards registering 40,000 bone marrow donors.
Rihanna was recognized for all her hard work with the cause. The event was hosted by DKMS cofounder Katharina Harf, who lost her mother to leukemia when she was only 14 years old.
“Anyone can be affected by leukemia … It is the number one disease children in the US die of and we can change that. I encourage people to become bone marrow donors with DKMS. If we have more donors, we can save more lives,” Rihanna said. “I would like to dedicate this award toShannon Tavarez who fought so bravely against this disease but was tragically taken from us far too soon. Shannon was a great inspiration who selflessly promoted awareness of the need for donors, so that others may receive the help they need, and she will be missed.”
DKMS is the largest bone marrow donor center in the world with over 2.7 million registered donors. Help them shoot for 3 million and get swabbed here.
Click here to watch a short video of Rihanna’s speech at the event.
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