When Beverley De-Gale’s son Daniel was diagnosed with leukaemia for the second time in 1995, he needed a stem cell transplant to survive. But stem cell matches outside of the family are race-related, and the chance of finding a match was 1 in 250,000. The match was found, but it was too late, and Daniel died. Orin Lewis, Daniel’s stepfather, and Beverley have made it their life’s work to find new black donors through their charity ACLT. The family channelled their grief into trying to save others from suffering the same fate, while trying to hold their family together. “There were internal tears but we knew the bigger picture was to keep his legacy alive,” says Orin.
- You can read more about ACLT’s work here.