On Thursday, September 15 the co-founders of the ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) Orin Lewis OBE and Beverley De-Gale OBE tied the knot at the Mangos Boutique Beach Resort, Coopers Pen Falmouth, Trelawny, Jamaica.
The happy couple announced their engagement on the 20th anniversary since the charity was founded earlier this year.
Beverley and Orin first featured in the UK and international media when they launched a campaign in 1996 to find an unrelated stem cell donor for their 8-year old son Daniel. Daniel required a life-saving stem cell transplant to beat his battle against leukaemia. He was initially diagnosed in Aprill 1993, aged 6-years-old.
Daniel touched the hearts of a nation as he overcame incredible odds of 1 in 250,000 to become the first black individual in the UK to receive a life-saving stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor in 1999.
Daniel beat his fight against leukaemia and lived a happy life alongside his family and friends for several years, however on 8th October 2008, Daniel sadly passed away due to multiple organ failure; he was 21 years old.
It is the belief of Beverley and Orin; Daniel waited too long for a successful donor to be found. It is, for this reason, they continue to campaign to raise awareness for the need for more individuals from the ethnic community to join the UK stem cell register, in addition to the blood and organ donor registers.
Congratulations Beverley and Orin.
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