106 & Park Urge Viewers To Help Save Child's Life

02/09/2011
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(BET) On Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 106 & PARK will get a unique visit from LJ Jones, a 10-year-old boy with a rare, progressively fatal blood disease called hypereosinophilic syndrome.

This disease causes an excess of white blood cells to attack his organs. Only 50 people in the United States have been diagnosed with the disease and LJ has the distinction of being the only child suffering from this type of Leukemia.

Currently 83% of African-Americans who need transplants never find a match. BET wants to help change this statistic. On Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 6 p.m.* in conjunction with BET NEWS and the Preserve Our Legacy organization, 106 & PARK will make a direct appeal to its viewers to get tested and become donors. Show hosts Terrence and Rocsi will take the bone marrow compatibility tests in an effort to debunk myths surrounding testing.

106 & PARK viewers have the potential to make a direct impact on LJ's life, and the lives of many more in need of bone marrow transplants. The aim, alongside Preserve Our Legacy is to get 25,000 new donors on the marrow registry, in the hopes that one of them will be a match for LJ, and save his life. Anyone in good health over the age of 18 is eligible to become a donor. Help us spread the word and possibly save LJ's life; tune in Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 6 p.m.*

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