Nelly’s NonProfit Saves Lives

Nelly may be responsible for the Tipdril video and a lot of overly produced sounding hip-hop but Nelly has been able to do some good with his Lukemia non-profit. From

Three years ago, the St. Louis rapper founded a nonprofit named Jes Us 4 Jackie with his sister Jackie Donahue, who was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in March 2001.

The foundation was launched as a way to raise awareness about the disease and to find a possible bone marrow donor for Donahue, who passed away in March 2005 after her leukemia came out of remission.

Death rates from leukemia, which is a cancer of the white blood cells, are highest amongst African-Americans.

“We are still pushing. We’ve been able to find eight different matches and we were able to save eight different lives,” Nelly told “You can say what you want about Nelly, but Nelly has saved eight different lives and I don’t know anybody that’s done that.”

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