Dipset member Freekey Zekey has become the official Hip-Hop spokesman for Persevere Our Legacy to help educate rap fans about bone marrow awareness.
Freekey Zekey, born Ezekial Jiles, became involved with Preserve Our Legacy in October, when he hosted a bone marrow drive for LJ Jones, who at 10-years-old, is the only child in the United States suffering from Hypereosinophilic Syndrome, which is normally only found in adults.
“I am honored that I can make a difference in so many people’s lives, not just children but men and women of all ages,” Freekey Zekey told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “I encourage everyone that is in my position to influence, mold and shape thoughts to take a proactive approach to bringing this subject to the attention of millions.
Preserve Our Legacy was founded by Brett and Shana Melius, after they met a 2-year-old named Jaden Hilton, who was battling Leukemia. He eventually lost his battle in 2007 because a matching donor could not be found.
The result was legislation known as Jaden’s Law, a bill which designated $2 million dollars to raise the awareness about the need for bone marrow donors.
Freekey Zekey’s involvement comes on the heels of the death of Shannon Tavarez, the 11-year-old star of The Lion King on Broadway, who died on November 1st, from Leukemia.
“Shannon Tavarez was only 11-years-old when she was taken, only 11 and at the height of her career. Her death and others won’t go in vain. ‘We will preserve your legacy’,” Freekey Zekey said.
During his partnership with Preserve Our Legacy, Freekey Zekey will star in a series of Public Service Announcements.
This month, Freekey Zekey will assemble a variety of celebrities who will help register donors during November, which is bone marrow month.