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.
“Joe enjoyed the whole trip but sailing with Ellen was the highlight. Joe will be back hopefully next year and I know when he is 18 he will volunteer. It was lovely to see him looking forward to something so much. Thank you so much for asking Joe on the trip. Words cannot express our gratitude. It was something we talked about when Joe was very ill in hospital. Just pleased his dream did come true!”
- Mother of Joe, 15
“It is great to see the smiles on peoples faces and give something back to The Trust. I hope that sharing my experiences can help them. This week has been great; it has been mainly water fights with a bit of sailing!!”
- Chris, Trust Graduate Volunteer