type is ethno-geographically determined, inherited like eye or hair
colour. A patient's best chance of finding a genetic match lies with
those of similar ethnic ancestry.'
My name is Danny Whyte and I am a leukaemia patient. I was diagnosed
with Leukaemia in April 2004 and underwent four courses of Chemotherapy
treatment, over an 8-month period. I was given the all clear at the end
of January 2005.
I came back in to Hospital for a routine check up on the 29 th of June
2005 and was informed that I had relapsed. This means that I have been
hospital and undergoing another course of chemotherapy.
This time, I will need a bone marrow transplant, as it's my only chance
of a cure. For a match to be found for me, I need people like you to
act now and get tested. I have just a 1 in 100,000 chance of finding
a match because I am of African decent. You can save my life. Your generosity
as a bone marrow or stem cell donor could help me win this battle with
Tissue type is ethno-geographically determined, inherited
like eye or hair colour. A patient's best chance of finding a genetic
match lies with those of similar ethnic ancestry. For me, these are volunteers
of African, Mixed Race and Asian ethnic backgrounds. I urge those of
the same ancestry to take a proactive step and join this unique life-saving
People think that to donate marrow means to undergo major surgery. That
is not the case. All that is needed from a person to start the process
is a teaspoon full of blood to test for a tissue match.
Thank you for taking the time to read my appeal and I hope you can help.
May God bless you for your good deeds and benevolence.