Tanner Raboin is a second-generation LA Kings fan, an only child and the proud owner of a Wayne Simmonds jersey.
The 19-year-old is also struggling in a fight against a life-threatening genetic disorder, and the Kings are asking fans to aid him.
Tanner has Chronic Granulomotous Disorder (CGD), a condition that impairs the body’s immune system. He’s had the disease since infancy. The disorder leads to ongoing and sever infections from bacteria and fungi. A bone marrow transplant is the only known cure for the disorder.
Tonight, at the Staples Center, volunteers who head for the Be the Match Foundation’s drive near Section 115 will undergo a no-cost cheek swab and a simple questionnaire and consent form.
For those who can’t make it to the game, you can still help out. Read more on how you can help on Tanner’s “Be a Match” website. In the first day since his online drive has started, his page has raised $950.
MayorsManor.com also has an in-depth story on Tanner, definitely worth the read.