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Donor appeal for Dagenham schoolboy fighting leukaemia

PUBLISHED: 11:09 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:26 09 August 2018

Damary Dawkins Picture: ACLT

Damary Dawkins Picture: ACLT

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The race is on to find a vital stem cell donor who could potentially save the life of a schoolboy from Dagenham battling leukaemia.

Damary Dawkins has been fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia for three years and medics have now said he needs a blood stem cell transplant to survive.

A match has not been found within his family so his only chance is through a stranger and as the 12-year-old is of Jamaican heritage his best chance of finding a donor is through the African Caribbean community.

Damary Dawkins needs a transplant to survive. Picture: ACLTDamary Dawkins needs a transplant to survive. Picture: ACLT

However just two out of 10 people from the African Caribbean community find a match due to low numbers on the donor register, compared to seven out of 10 is they are white.

Damary, who plays for Euro Dagenham F.C, has received support from Manchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling who tweeted about his plight.

Damary Dawkins is a footballer. Picture: ACLTDamary Dawkins is a footballer. Picture: ACLT

Beverley De-Gale, co-founder and director of operations at blood cancer charity African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust, said: “Damary urgently needs the African Caribbean community to step forward and join the register.

“He is yet to receive a transplant because currently, there isn’t a matched donor on the worldwide stem cell register.

Damary with his parents Nadine and Tony. Picture: ACLTDamary with his parents Nadine and Tony. Picture: ACLT

“By the community stepping forward to join the register today, Damary could have a chance of beating the leukaemia. However, this can only happen if the members of the public act now.”

Anyone in the UK aged between 17 and 55 and in good general health can sign up.

Visit aclt.org/join-the-stem-cell-register for more details.

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