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Nicki Minaj calls on fans to help sick cousin

Nicki Minaj has called on fans to join a bone marrow database after discovering her young cousin is in desperate need of a transplant.

The Super Bass hitmaker has taken to Twitter.com to urge her followers to sign up to the National Marrow Donor Program, and she shared a link to a page with information about the donation process.


Minaj has a personal connection to the cause - her 12-year-old cousin Saidah, who is battling lupus, is waiting for a life-saving donor match.


In a post on the social networking site, Minaj writes, "Just found out my little cousin Saidah & so many more children are in need of a bone marrow transplant. We can help. Barbz, is it ok if I donate money on your behalf? I'll tell her u (you) guys send your love. She's so sweet."