Daniel De Gale (March 14th 1987 – October 2008)
I just received the sad news that leukaemia survivor Daniel De Gale sadly passed away today.
Daniel was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 1993 at the age of six and was put on a 2 year course of chemotherapy which he completed in March 1995. But after being in remission for just 9 months, he relapsed in December 1995, when a routine blood test revealed leukaemia cells again. With no assurance that a second course of chemotherapy would be successful his mother, Beverley De Gale, sought a bone marrow transplant for Daniel.
Daniel’s chances of finding a match within the UK were as low as 1 in 250,000 as there were only 550 African, African Caribbean, and people of mixed parentage on the UK register. Beverley and her partner, Orin Lewis, set up the African-Caribbean Leukaemia Trust to raise awareness, and to support and assist Black and Mixed Parentage people suffering with Leukaemia and all other blood related cancers. The charity also became involved with recruiting potential donors from many influential organisations such as the Fire Brigade, the Black Police Association, colleges and universities.
In 1999, after six years of treatment, a matching donor was found (Doreene Carney from Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A), making Daniel the first black person in the UK to receive a bone marrow transplant from an unrelated donor.
Daniel died from an illness unrelated to cancer.
I am stunned….. this is so sad. Daniel was on TV several weeks ago when highlights of the annual African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust Ball aired on MTV Base. He looked well and had grown up to become a handsome, and well mannered young man.
My thoughts and prayers are with the De Gale family at this sad time.
Rest In Peace Daniel.
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