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The ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) raises awareness of blood cancers. The charity supports patients and their families, recruits stem cell (bone marrow), blood and organ donors and campaigns for better services which will assist all patients diagnosed as needing a donor.
The ACLT is a voluntary charity, whose main aim is to increase the number of people on the UK stem cell (bone marrow), blood and organ registers; especially people from Black, Mixed Race, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities under-represented on the registers.
ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) was founded in June 1996 by Beverley De-Gale OBE and Orin Lewis OBE, after their son, Daniel De-Gale, was diagnosed with acute leukaemia. The Trust was set up to raise awareness, register new donors and to offer support to all sufferers of leukaemia, all blood cancers and those in need of a organ transplant.
The charity has registered over 60,000 people of all ethnicities on to the UK stem cell (bone marrow) registers and saved 65 lives by finding matching donors. Tens of thousands of new blood donors and organ donors have also been registered – saving many more lives.
Why your support is needed
Someone is diagnosed with blood cancer every 20 minutes. About 2000 people in the UK need a stem cell (bone marrow) transplant from a stranger each year. This is usually their last chance of survival.
Bone marrow contains racially specific characteristics, so the chances of finding a match are greater if the donor is from the same racial background as the recipient. The chronic shortage of people from minority backgrounds on UK stem cell, blood and organ (BBO) registers means the chances of survival for people from minority communities with life threatening blood cancers and diseases are devastatingly low. African Caribbean people battling blood cancer have less than a 20% chance of finding the best possible match.
How your donation helps ACLT
ACLT relies on the generosity of the general public to meet costs and fund activities designed to motivate potential lifesavers to join the bone marrow, blood and organ donor registers. The funds you raise will help us:
- to promote bone marrow, blood and organ donation
- to support and assist people suffering from leukaemia, all bone marrow related illnesses such as aplastic anaemia, multiple myeloma, lymphoma as well as anyone in need of a organ transplant
- to provide practical and home help, counselling, advice and moral support
- to educate the public about the needs for better services which will assist all patients diagnosed as needing a donor
Did you know?
- Someone is diagnosed with blood cancer every 20 minutes
- Around 2000 people in the UK need a stem cell transplant from a stranger each year. This is usually their last chance of survival.
- You have a 25% to 30% chance of having the same tissue type as a sibling
- 90% of donations take place from the arm via a PBSC (peripheral blood stem cell collection). An outpatient appointment similar to donating
- Every 1 unit of donated blood can improve or save the lives of 7 babies or 3 adults
- People from ethnic minority communities are 3 times more likely to need an organ transplant
- The odds for African Caribbean patients of finding the best possible stem cell (bone marrow) match are less than 20%
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