ounding member of The Diplomats & Owner/CEO of 730 Dips Records, Ezekiel Giles, or better known in the hip hop industry as Freakey Zekey, has become a voice for a movement. Giles is now the official hip hop celebrity spokesperson for Preserve Our Legacy (POL). POL is an organization that is focused on educating but not exclusive to minorities, about the benefits of stem cells and treatment options, such as with bone marrow. Giles hosted a bone marrow drive in October 2010 for “LJ” Jones a 10 year old with Hypereosinophilic Syndrome a disease that typically is only found in adults, since the drive Giles has fallen more in love with the cause and movement of awareness. He’s real, it’s not a publicity stunt,” said Giles publicist, Lexi Chow, when discussing Giles dedication to Preserve Our Legacy. A part of Jiles’ role in Preserve Our Legacy, is to educate the minority community about the process, and how it directly can affect your life. “You don’t have to wait until it hits home,” said Giles.“This is very serious to our community, it can make or break our future,” said Giles. During the interview Jiles stressed the point that registering at a bone marrow drive, is private and is only a cotton swap in your mouth. Jiles also wanted minorities to know that registering, does not bring out old skeletons from your closet, the information is only used to match patients with potential donors. Giles feels like since he is a spokesman; this will reach the people in the hood. Many people, “fear the unknown,” said Giles. Only eight percent of African-Americans are registered for bone marrow across the country, and if cases of African-Americans with bone marrow curing diseases continue to increase there is going to be a greater negative correlation between patients and matching donors. With partnership with Preserve Our Legacy, Giles wants to bring forth curiosity from the minority community. “I want to be a voice of public awareness and reason,” said Giles. If someone that is registered becomes a match for a patient the process takes approx. 35 minutes. Many people are not aware that there is no bone removal, and the process is nothing strenuous. There is a needle inserted in the bone to remove fluid, the pain is comparable to a tattoo or a charlie horse, and within a few hours you are back in the streets. “I need people to register this will save a life…I’m trying to get people to stop dieing that don’t have to,” said Giles. LJ is still looking for a donor.
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