RIP Daniel 'Playzo' De-Gale

Posted on: 2008-10-13

Daniel a former Leukaemia sufferer who was diagnosed with the condition in April 1993 won his battle against Leukaemia when on 16th June 1999 at the age of 12 he received a bone marrow transplant at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Daniel was in remission but however, due to complications with his health that led to multiple organ failure he died in hospital surrounded by his family.

Beverley says: “We are very grateful for all the love, support, kindness, generosity, dedications and concern that you all have shown for our beautiful son. However, we ask that you please do not send us any flowers but instead continue to support the charity as this is what Daniel would have wanted, so that we can keep helping to give others the gift of life.”

The ACLT was set up 12 years ago to encourage ethnic minorities and those from mixed race communities to register as bone marrow donors as there are worryingly less than 3% of potential ethnic minority donors on the UK Bone Marrow Register, despite the prevalence of leukaemia amongst these groups. In real life terms the odds of finding a bone marrow match are a staggering 1 in 100,000 if you’re black or mixed race compared to about 1 in 5 if you’re white, underlying the overwhelming odds faced by those in the UK suffering from leukaemia.

Colin Salmon, patron for the charity and family friend commented: “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. In this life there are those sent to us to manifest wisdom, action and bring joy, Daniel was one of those spirits. The pain we are all feeling right now reflects the love he generated in so many of us. Not a love of celebrity, or fame but a love of life and ultimately this gift of life we have all been given. Beautiful Daniel De-Gale, it has been an honour and the purest of pleasures to know you and call you a friend. Peace.”

However if you would really like to support the charity and Daniel's wishes please consider attending our next registration drive the details are as follows:





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