African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust
The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust was co-founded by Beverley De-Gale OBE and Orin Lewis OBE in 1996, after they received the news their 6 year old son Daniel De-Gale, had been diagnosed with leukaemia. Daniel’s only hope of survival was to receive a bone marrow transplant; bone marrow has racially specific characteristics therefore Daniel’s donor could only be found from the black or mixed race population of which 550 were registered. In 1999 after three years of campaigning alongside his parents for donors to come forward and join the bone marrow registry he became the first black person in the UK (aged 12), to receive a lifesaving bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor.
Daniel survived leukaemia and lived for several more years but on the 8th of October 2008 he died due to an unrelated illness.
The ACLT continue with their life saving work of spreading awareness surrounding bone marrow, blood and organ donation with ethnic minorities with the sole purpose to increase the number of ethnic minorities registered on the bone marrow, blood and organ registers. Since being established 18 years ago, the ACLT have increased the number of African, Caribbean and mixed race potential donors on the UK bone marrow lists (Anthony Nolan and British Bone Marrow Registry) from approx. 550 to approx. 50,000 and have also saved over 50 individuals lives through finding bone marrow donors.
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