Kourtney Kardashian encourages fans to donate bone marrow for cousin

Paula David – Fourth Estate Cooperative Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Reality star Kourtney Kardashian is encouraging her fans and supporters to donate bone marrow to help her cousin, who has been with cancer, live longer.

On Tuesday, Kardashian wrote on her blog, “My cousin Cici recently found out that after 17 years of battling cancer, her body has stopped responding to the chemotherapy and she desperately needs a bone marrow stem cell transplant.”

For those interested, extra effort has to be extended. The “Kim & Kourtney Take Miami” star wrote, “Because Cici is of Armenian descent she needs to receive bone marrow from an Armenian donor, which means the pool of options is a lot smaller and she’s having a difficult time finding a match. We are asking that any of you who are Armenian, have Armenian friends or extended family members consider signing up as a donor at the bone marrow registry, in hopes that we can find a match for Cici and give our beloved cousin many more years to live.”

Kardashian assured possible donors gave a brief explanation of the procedure and that it is nonsurgical so no hospital confinement for the donor is necessary.

Founded in 1999, the ABMDR, according to its website, is “an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to ensure that every ethnic Armenian struck with a life threatening blood-related illness is able to find hope for long-term survival through the identification of a genetically suitable bone marrow match.”

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