At the age of 9, in 2015, Damary from East London was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). ALL is a type of cancer that leads to a larger number of white blood cells in the blood and lower number of red blood cells and platelet cells. In December 2018, Damary received the best possible Christmas present in the form of a blood stem cell transplant, giving him a second chance at life.
Damary is naturally a very active child who enjoys swimming and playing football, currently a member of Palace for Life Foundation’s Elite Player Development school. The treatment course was set to last three years, with Damary receiving the strongest chemotherapy available for leukaemia.
Relapse from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
The family were told his treatment would end in July 2018 with Damary then being free from cancer but instead received the news that he had relapsed. Doctors said Damary’s best chance of survival is a blood stem cell transplant because the cancer was more aggressive than before and chemotherapy alone would not have worked.
A search of Damary’s family did not yield a match so he was relying on a complete stranger to be his potential lifesaver. Damary’s African-Caribbean heritage meant the search was even harder because there is a lack of black, Asian and mixed race donors on the stem cell registry.
To help find a match for Damary and other people in need of a blood stem cell donation, Damary's family launched a #Donate4Damary campaign.
Register as a blood stem cell donor
Show your support to the #Donate4Damary campaign by raising awareness and joining the stem cell registry. Check your eligibility and register as a potential blood stem cell donor today. Anyone aged between 17-55 and in general good health can go on standby as a potential lifesaver.
If you have already regsitered but haven't returned your swab kit, please do so as soon as you can. Otherwise, you won't be added to the registry and won't be able to help people like Damary. If you can't find your swab kit please contact us.