BWW TV Exclusive: THE LION KING's Chondra Profit Celebrates the Circle of Life with Delete Blood Cancer DKMS

Delete Blood Cancer DKMS co-founder Katharina Harf hosted the Tenth Annual DKMS Gala on Thursday night at Cipriani Wall Street, which raised more than $4.6 million to help fund the registration of lifesaving bone marrow donors across the country. With these funds, DKMS can register more than 71,000 potential bone marrow donors.

The signature highlight of the evening came during a miracle moment when Broadway performer Chondra Profit was reunited with the young boy who received her bone marrow donation.

Profit was inspired and motivated to become a registered donor by her co-star in Broadway's The Lion King, 11 year-old Shannon Skye Tavarez, who was diagnosed with leukemia and desperately needed a bone marrow transplant. Shannon's appeal for a donor caught national headlines, prompting more than 10,000 people to register as potential donors. Sadly, Shannon lost her battle with the disease and passed away in November of 2010. However, because of her efforts, those 10,000 registered potential donors are still being matched with patients and saving lives today.

Profit also performed "Circle of Life" from the musical The Lion King in memory of Shannon and those who have lost their battle with blood cancer. BroadwayWorld was on hand to catch her moving performance and speak with Profit herself about the special night. Check out highlights below!


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