Dan is the perfect role model for life after treatment
Dan first sailed with the Trust in our second year having undergone treatment for leukaemia in 2001.
It was clear from the outset Dan had a passion for sailing and was invited to join the crew as the Trust entered the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race for the first time in 2005.
However three days before Dan was due to race he discovered his cancer had returned and he would need a bone marrow transplant.
Dan was determined to take part in the race and took the helm as honorary skipper, completing the 55 mile course and finishing ahead of Trust patron Ellen MacArthur!
Just two days later he returned to hospital for a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy.
Sailing to recovery
Dan decided he wanted to become more involved in the sailing industry and as a Trust skipper so, with the support of the Trust, he took on the professional Yachtmaster course, successfully qualifying May 2007.
He skippered his first summer Trust trip later that year.
A qualified Yachtmaster, with the ability to understand and empathise with exactly what his young crew had been through, make him a perfect role model for ‘life after treatment’.
Whole new world
After speaking frankly about his experiences at our charity ball, Dan was offered the chance to live his dream of sailing round the world in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
On September 16 2007, aged 21, Dan untied the lines as part of the crew of Liverpool 08 for the race. With his usual enthusiasm and zest he completed several legs.
Dan was appointed the Trust’s first Ambassador before he embarked on his travels, and has continued his involvement with the Trust ever since.
He remains hugely inspirational to every young person that has sailed with him.
“Jay returned full of confidence, chat, and knowledge of sailing. Jay had ‘life’ back in his eyes. He enjoyed the whole experience. His highlight was the privilege of sailing a yacht with Ellen. He would love to sail again. He even cooked a lasagne on his own for his yachting crew (He never cooks!!) He was full of pride.”
- Mother of Jay, 16
“He realised there is a lot more to life and he is so proud of his achievements. This was the best trip he's ever been on, it brought him out of himself”
- Parents of Larvell (aged 16)