photo credit: Shavar Ross
Shannon Tavarez, 11, who played the young Nala in hit musical The Lion King was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in April, just a little more than six months after her Broadway debut in the popular Disney musical.
Shannon was unable to find a bone marrow donor in her long battle with acute myeloid leukemia and passed away on Nov. 1, 2010
Her family and friends attended the service at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Queens, NY on Monday, and were reportedly moved to tears as a pre-recorded video message from Tavarez herself was played on a big screen.
“Shannon’s strength and her happy, positive spirit will live on in our hearts and minds each day,” her mother, Odiney Brown, said in a statement. “Shannon’s dream was to perform on stage, and that she did.”
On Jan. 16, 2011, R.A.R.E will host a Bone Marrow Benefit Concert in Memory of Shannon Tavarez. They are looking for volunteers, promoters, bloggers, press, singers, rappers, poets, dancers, any one with talent or a heart to help. Simply showing up to support or registering to be a donor would be... OUTSTANDING. Ideas, questions & comments can be mailed directly to: RAREMediaGroup@gmail.com
Brea Renee xoxo