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RIP DJ Swing

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I was reading the Guardian today and came across this in the obituary section – and needless to say it hit me, again, that we have lost another one of our famous Black Afro Carribean brothers to cancer at a young age.

DJ Swing (Brian Daley) was diagnosed with Myeloma (a rare form of cancer) in 2004 and like Lynden David Hall (among other non-famous black people in the UK) couldnt find a bone marrow donor in time to save his life.

He died at the age of 39.

During the time of his illness, there were campaigns to find a bone marrow donor mostly among the Black African and Carribean people in the UK with Channel Four doing documentary on that campaign in August 2005.

I know only these few cases are highlighted in the media because these personalities are famous. But, taking it from there, I would want to see more black people when I go to donate blood on Thursday. I started donating blood here in the UK in January 2002 and have never missed a donation, 3 times a year, In all that time, in the hour or so that I am in the room, I have only seen a maximum of two Black/Asian/Other people. Not even that, the majority of people there are above the age of forty. What about us young people, is it not our problem? Yet when you go through the newspapers, TV, radio, there people who are appealing for these donations who are kids and young people below the age of forty.

Doesnt it make your heart cry when you see a mother whose two kids under 10yrs of age have leukaemia or any other blood disorder, and you wish that you could help – yet turn the other page and completely forget about it? Yes, so do I. But I know that there will come a time (if ever) that all the ignoring and turning the pages wont help if I am found to be a match.

And I know when that call comes (they do international searches too by the way) I will be willing (if healthy and able) to stand up and be counted.

Do not be afraid people, it hurts (why lie to you) but if it is to save someone else’s life, I am sure it will be worth it. Statistics for finding a match are against those of us of minority groups, we know that. So how about we go out there and increase the chances of someone else, even if by the smallest margin, just by any margin at all, to continue with their lives?

Once again, I realise that phobias and other medical conditions prevent most of us from taking that step. But if there is nothing medically wrong with you (I still refuse to take fear of injections into consideration, I am not awfully crazy about them either) please find your next blood donation drive near you and run, walk, ride, swing by and stand up and be counted.

RIP DJ Swing
RIP to the people who died today in a plane crash in Northern Kenya

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Song dedicated to this post:

Fix you: ColdPlay

When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse
When the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

High up above or down below
When you’re too in love to let it go
If you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down your face
And I…
Tears stream down on your face
I promise you I will learn from the mistakes
Tears stream down your face
And I…

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

This bit is my favourite in the whole song (notwithstanding the guitar moment that is the bomb),

Tears stream down your face
And I…

The last line where it says ..

And I…

I sing to myself ..

….I promise you I will do the best that I can (which kind of sums up this whose post :( )
Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Because to me, if someone is facing the end
The only thing you can do might be a lifesaving deed
That you do to someone, even if they aint your blood
And for that, all favours, all treasure, all the good,
Will befall you, but being good isnt a measure
Of what to the world you are, you didnt need me for that to figure

Did you?