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Kings fan who inspired marrow donor registration drive dies

April 11, 2011 |  3:57 pm

Tanner Raboin of Chino Hills, the Kings fan whose need for a bone marrow transplant inspired a donor registration drive at the Kings’ regular-season finale on Saturday, died Monday, a team spokesman said.

Raboin, 19, had suffered from a chronic illness resulting from a genetic disorder called Chronic Granulomatous Disease. He had been treated at the National Institutes of Health.

The drive drew 307 people who registered to be screened as part of the Kings’ partnership with “Be a Match,” an organization that helps patients find matching donors, funds transplants and advances medical research.

Condolences go to Raboin’s family and friends, along with hope that a life-saving match might be found among those 307 people who registered to be screened.

-- Helene Elliott