A new campaign aims to sign up thousands of black and mixed race bone marrow donors in memory of Daniel De-Gale, the UK's first black bone marrow transplant recipient. After a long struggle to find a match Daniel received a bone marrow transplant from a stranger which was a success. However Daniel sadly died years later at age 21 from an unrelated condition
On the sixth anniversary of his death the collaboration between the African Caribbean Leukemia Trust (the charity set up by Daniel's parents) and the Anthony Nolan Trust blood cancer charity wants to encourage more black donors. Less than 20% of black transplant patients can find a bone marrow match because they usually need to be matched with someone of their own ethnicity.
Beverley De-Gale OBE, the co-founder of the bone marrow and blood donation charity ACLT, says: