Saturday, February 23, 2008

Rihanna helps leukemia-stricken mom find bone marrow donor

RihannaPop superstar Rihanna proved she's a real class act this past week - by taking time out of her busy schedule to help leukemia-stricken mom Lisa Gershowitz Flynn find a bone marrow donor.

"When I heard about Lisa's plight, my heart broke," Rihanna says. "I said, ‘I need to get the word out about Lisa right away.' "

Rihanna - who scooped her first Grammy award earlier this month, has since returned to her native Barbados, where she has been named an honorary cultural ambassador, and 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.

"I think DKMS is an incredible charity because you can really see the results," Rihanna tells

Adds Rihanna: "My own charity, Believe, works specifically with children in need [and with children with leukemia]. 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."

New York City resident Flynn, 41, was blown away that Rihanna, 20, took time to try to find a donor match for her and countless others who may die if they don't get one.

"For Rihanna to even be thinking about helping others and putting herself out there when she is so busy with her career is tremendous," says mother-of-two Flynn.

By Owen Williams, Feb 23 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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