Rihanna Helps Girl Dying of Leukemia

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2009 4:40 PM CST
International pop singer Rihanna gestures during a concert with Chris Brown in suburban Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Sunday Nov. 16, 2008.   (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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(Newser) – Moved by a video of a young African American girl with leukemia, Rihanna is helping her find a bone marrow donor, People reports. It's the second time the singer has helped a leukemia sufferer seek a match. "When I saw the video of Jasmina it broke my heart," Rihanna said. "It is so unfair that for a black patient it's so much harder to find a bone marrow match."

Jasmine's mother, who adopted the 5-year-old at birth, was "over the moon" when Rihanna stepped in to help. "My daughter is a huge, huge Rihanna fan," she said. Jasmina concurred: "I'm so excited!" she said from her New York City hospital room. Rihanna helped a New Yorker find a match last year, after inspiring 5,000 donors to come forward. "Rihanna has already helped save many lives," an advocate said.