An important message from Beverley De-Gale, ACLT
Hello Friend and Supporter
I hope you and loved ones are well.
I wondered if you could help us with an appeal we are running to assist 21 year old Dennis Gyamfi. Dennis is of Ghanaian descent, living in South London, sadly he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in January 2010. He is currently undergoing a 3 year course of chemotherapy treatments but there is a concern by the consultants at St. Georges Hospital in Tooting that he may need an unrelated bone marrow donor to save his life. He does have younger siblings but they do not have the same matching bone marrow tissue type as Dennis.
We are hosting our annual bone marrow and blood recruitment session at Choice FM Studios (Global Radio) in Leicester Square WC2H 7LA on Saturday the 2nd June. Time: 11am till 4pm.
Our hope is to find Dennis a matching donor but we URGENTLY need some assistance...
Is there any possibility of you helping us by doing any of the following:
1. Could you please pass on this correspondence to all or some of your contacts on your e-mailing list
2. Secondly are you able to put us in touch with some young artists, our aim would be to have them say a few words to mic and/or to be interviewed by the Presenters to be broadcasted at ‘Global Radio’ (Choice FM and LBC) and possibly other Global Radio Stations) so that we can get the listeners interested in attending the drive to sign up as donors?
Although this is an appeal on behalf of Dennis we want members of the general public to come along on the 2nd June to see if they could match anyone of any ethnicity awaiting a life saving donor.
Sadly, at the present time we have far too many people on our books awaiting matches, too many to mention. If we can find matching donors now and in the future through this appeal it will make a life saving difference to so many patients and their loved ones
Dennis is keen to have his story heard if it will help to encourage just 1 person to sign up and give a saliva sample to see if they can assist him or someone else.
Our PR lady Ronke Ige is on hand to help organise interviews with young artists at the ‘Global Radio’ studios or on the telephone if they are not able to attend in person.
Dennis is well into his timetable of treatments which should be killing off all of the leukaemia cells that are in his blood affecting his bone marrow. The doctors would like to have him in FULL remission (cancer free) at the end of 3 years. If he is not in remission we would all like to ensure a matching donor is ready and waiting, but we need your help!
Prior to Dennis’s diagnosis he was a up and coming Director and was furthering his education in Media at the London College of Communication in Elephant and Castle, where he was studying for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography. He was also holding down a part time job as a Sales Consultant and a Youth Worker for the Brathay Foundation, Dennis even found time to launch online magazine Endz2Endz.com www.endz2endz.com - An urban online magazine, set up by young people, for young people, enabling teenagers from different neighbourhoods to reconnect through the power of the internet and their passion for creativity.
Due to Dennis’s Leukaemia diagnosis all of his above hopes and dreams are temporarily on hold while he battles to save his life. However, the Endz2Emdz urban online magazine is still being updated and is full of current News. Dennis was also a ‘Spirit of London’ winner in 2010.
If you are able to register as a donor (if not done so already) and/or can put us in touch with young artists we would very much appreciate your help.
Thank you for reading this.
Look forward to hearing from you. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the ACLT office on tel no. 020 8240 4480 and ask to speak with Bev or Verna
Very Kind Regards
Beverley De-Gale, OBE
Co-Founder and Director of Operations
Pride of Britain 2006 Special Award Winner
Member of Judging Panel for Pride of Britain 2007
Member of ECPC (European Cancer Patient Coalition) www.ecpc-online.org
Member of WMDA (World Marrow Donor Association) www.worldmarrow.org