Although she has kept a relatively low profile since her alleged altercation with Chris Brown in February, [artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] made a special visit to a 6-year-old fan, Jasmina Anema, on April 2 in New York. The singer surprised the girl, who is fighting leukemia at NYU Medical Center, after learning about her story back in February.
Rihanna saw a video made by the girl's best friend and her mother in an effort to find a bone-marrow donor for the young girl. Rihanna followed up their video with her own video helping to find a donor. Last March, the singer helped find a bone-marrow donor for 41-year-old lawyer Lisa Gershowitz-Flynn, who also had leukemia.
"She's really here!" Jasmina exclaimed when Rihanna walked into her room last week, People magazine reported. The singer told the girl, who has a rare and aggressive form of the disease, "You are such a beautiful little girl."
Katharina Harf, the executive vice president of DKMS Americas, the donor registry that is helping Jasmina find a match, told the magazine that usually Jasmina is tired due to high doses of chemotherapy. "But when Rihanna walked into the room, there was no sign of that at all," she said. "Jasmina loves Rihanna. And Rihanna fell in love with Jasmina."
The two spent more than three hours together talking, playing and having pillow fights. They even danced around to a few of Rihanna's songs, including "Umbrella" and "Please Don't Stop the Music."
"Jasmina showed Rihanna all her special 'moves,' " Harf said. "And tried to teach her how to do them. ... Rihanna stayed until 8 o'clock that night. She would have stayed longer if Jasmina didn't have to go to sleep."
Not only did Rihanna hang out with Jasmina, but she also gave the girl a bag of CoverGirl products and gave her a little makeover. "Rihanna asked me if it was OK to put makeup on Jasmina," the girl's mother, Thea Anema, said. "I said, 'Of course!' She's so thrilled with makeup and anything girly."
Rihanna talked to People about the visit to Jasmina, who she calls "an amazing little girl."
"It breaks my heart to see her go through this difficult sickness," she said. "Jasmina still hasn't found a match and she is just one of 6,000 people suffering from leukemia or other blood cancers who search the registry every day for a life-saving match. We can take action and sign up to be bone marrow donors. We can save the life of Jasmina and others like her."