Forty-six different artists came together to participate in the making of La Gota de la Vida song and video. The efforts were to “raise bone marrow registry awareness in the Hispanic communities,” said Mike Mortensen, Chairman of the Hispanic Food Circle for City of Hope.
The performers will all be on hand Tuesday night to kick off the awareness event which commemorates a national health awareness campaign to encourage the Latino community to join the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and support City of Hope, a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
World class champion boxer Robert The Ghost Guerrero, whose wife Casey’s life was saved by a bone marrow transplant will also be in attendance.
In 2010, more than 137,000 new cases of blood-related cancers will be diagnosed in the U.S. Only 30 to 40 percent of patients who need bone marrow transplantation will find a match within their family, while others will be directed to the National Marrow Donor Registry to find an unrelated match. Currently, there is a need for more Latino donors in the National Marrow Donor Program.
The guest list includes: Arthur Hanlon, Marcos Witt, German Montero, Diego Verdaguer, Luz Rios, Ana Isabelle, Sandra Echeverria, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, Alih Jey, Christian Daniel, Ysy Milano, Mario Reyes, Denise Gonzalez, Jacky Ibarra, Nathan Pacheco and many others.
The Únete Con La Got A De La Vida (Join The Drop of Life) song and video premiere benefiting City of Hope begins September 7th, 7:00 p.m. PDT at Club Nokia at L.A. Live! in Los Angeles.