Cancer crusader, Mr Danny Whyte is dead. He died on Tuesday afternoon at a London hospital of Leukemia, a disease he fought against for years.
Danny Whyte was a leukemia patient. He was diagnosed with Leukemia in April 2004 and underwent four courses of Chemotherapy treatment, over an 8-month period. He was given the all clear at the end of January 2005.
He then relapse on 29th June 2005 and had to be admitted again for another 5 months.
He came back in to Hospital for a routine check up on the 5th of Feb 2007 and was informed that He had relapsed again. This means that he have been re-admitted into hospital and undergoing another course of chemotherapy. This time, he will need a bone marrow transplant, as it was his only chance of a cure. For a match to be found for him, he needed people to get tested. He remarked “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 leukemia”.
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 ethnic background. I urge those of the same ancestry to take a proactive step and join this unique life-saving cause”.
“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” he said.