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PUBLISHED: 08:30 09 January 2019

Damary Dawkins has received a life-saving stem cell transplant. Picture: ACLT

Damary Dawkins has received a life-saving stem cell transplant. Picture: ACLT


As a parent the worst fear is for one of your children to fall ill.

This sadly became a reality for Tony and Nadine Dawkins when they discovered their son Damary had leukaemia.

Every since then I can only guess they have been on tenterhooks, hoping and praying that their son will be ok.

The joy they must have felt when they heard a blood stem cell donor match for their precious boy had been found – thousands of miles away in the US - must be priceless.

An amazing stranger was more than happy to make that donation and thanks to medical technology and advances the stem was transported across the Atlantic where it landed safely in London.

Damary received his transplant a few days before Christmas - the ultimate present and a joyous start to 2019.

He still has a recovery process ahead of him but thanks to this anonymous donor he has also been given the gift of life.

But sadly there are lots of children, and adults, who need a donor match if they are to have any chance of winning their fight with leukaemia.

Especially BAME patients as they only have a 20per cent of finding a match compared to 69pc if they are white.

You could be that person out there who too can give them the gift of life.

To register as a donor is such a simple process. You must be aged between 17 and 55 and there are no needles involved (compared to when I registered over 10 years ago) just a simple cheek swab.

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