You may remember Shannon Tavarez from a few months ago. She was making headlines for her amazing story: she was diagnosed leukemia during her run on Broadway in The Lion King. This amazing, strong little girl has lost her battle to cancer. She was only 11 years old.
"Doctors were unable to find a match for a bone-marrow transplant, so as an alternative she received umbilical-cord blood treatment in August. Since leaving The Lion King, Tavarez had undergone extensive chemotherapy and had been staying at a New York City hospital" (PopEater).
This story is so very sad, especially getting to know her and her story from months ago (and some of you may have seen her on Broadway - she played Nala). Cancer is tricky in that once doctors think that they've found a solution or a treatment, things get better before they get worse and then it's too late.
Our deepest sympathies go to the Tavarez family. What a tragic day and a terrible loss.
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