BONE MARROW DONOR
In November 2003, I had the great honor and privilege of saving the life of then-stranger, Peggy Waara, through a bone marrow transplant. Almost 14 years later, Peggy is still alive and is doing fabulously, and we talk every birthday and anniversary. That experience forever changed me, and since then, I have been dedicated to raising awareness about the life-saving potential of bone marrow donations. Please watch below to learn more about my experience:
I now proudly serve as Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Icla da Silva Foundation based in New York City. The Foundation focuses on recruiting minority donors to the registry and is the largest single recruiter for BeTheMatch in the country. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation. You too can save a life!
CHARITY WORK IN/FOR CHILE
I also have a long-standing relationship with the country of Chile and spent much of 2010 working with U.S. and Chilean-based organizations to help rebuild the country after the devastating tsunami. With the support of the Permanent Mission of Chile to the UN, the British Embassy in Santiago, and the Gabriela Mistral Foundation, I organized a benefit recital in just three weeks, raising almost $50,000 to rebuild the Colegio Insular, a primary school on the remote island of Juan Fernández, about 1,000 miles off the coast of Chile. It was there that I also had the opportunity to sing an impromptu solo for Chilean President Piñera aboard a Chilean Navy ship.