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.
“I enjoyed meeting new people who had gone through the same thing, because they were all really nice. I didn’t like leaving! I learnt that I LOVE sailing!! And I learnt 2 types of knots. I made loads of friends and learnt how to sail, and now I’m going on another course. I would love to be involved in the future; it was the best week of my life!!!!! Thank you so much for letting me come, I enjoyed it very VERY much!!!”
- Daisy, 15
“We have done so much this week, barbeques, water fights, football, and sailing! We’ve had loads of fun. I love boats, and it has been exciting to learn from such a great crew. I couldn’t pick the best thing about this week, although meeting Ellen was awesome! I would come back any day!”
- Cameron, 16