Leukaemia campaigner Daniel De Gale dies

Croydon Guardian: Daniel De Gale as a teenager Daniel De Gale as a teenager

A man whose fight against leukaemia inspired hundreds of Afro-Caribbean people to donate bone marrow has died.

Daniel De Gale, from Croydon, died from an illness unrelated to cancer.

The 21-year-old was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1993 aged six, and a lack of black donors meant the odds of finding a match were 250,000-to-one.

This shocking statistic prompted his mother Beverley, and partner Orin Lewis, to start the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT).

Daniel found a match in 1999 and after a successful bone marrow transplant led a normal life.

The work of ACLT, in partnership with the Anthony Nolan Trust, was one of the key reasons for a sharp rise in new donors coming forward.

It is supported by a host of celebrities, including singers the Sugababes and Beverley Knight and football stars John Barnes and Micah Richards.

Beverley won a Pride of Britain award in 2006 for her work in promoting the shortage of ethnic minority donors.

A statement from Daniel's aunt, Janet Irons, said that its work would continue.

"This beautiful boy inspired so many of us and we will continue to illuminate the path, with his light, so others may be guided to safety."

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8:14pm Thu 9 Oct 08

ag says...

Daniel you inspired so many people rest in peace young man another bright star in heaven
Daniel you inspired so many people rest in peace young man another bright star in heaven ag

10:24pm Thu 9 Oct 08

tstow says...

Such a brave and courageous child, rest in peace, you'll never be forgotten.

x x x
Such a brave and courageous child, rest in peace, you'll never be forgotten. x x x tstow

12:48am Sat 11 Oct 08

Be Real says...

In one word, he was UNIQUE. He was humble, respectable and knew what he wanted. He was Real. He will be surely missed. His parents had alot to proud of. He was the best!!! And this is no exaggeration.

RIP Daniel
In one word, he was UNIQUE. He was humble, respectable and knew what he wanted. He was Real. He will be surely missed. His parents had alot to proud of. He was the best!!! And this is no exaggeration. RIP Daniel Be Real

4:22pm Sat 11 Oct 08

ANNE GILES says...

Rest in peace, you dear, dear soul.
Rest in peace, you dear, dear soul. ANNE GILES

6:45pm Wed 15 Oct 08

dorecarney says...

Daniel's life was truly an inspiration to me and will continue to encourage me and thousands of others in the years to come. May we all find such purpose and determination for life and all life has to give for the sake of others!

God Bless!
Auntie Dore
Daniel's life was truly an inspiration to me and will continue to encourage me and thousands of others in the years to come. May we all find such purpose and determination for life and all life has to give for the sake of others! God Bless! Auntie Dore dorecarney
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