Kym’s Wear Grey Story
Where it all began
In July 2018 I was diagnosed with a baseball sized Grade 2 A-Typical Meningioma, albeit a non-malignant tumour, it had reached a critical level and had destroyed the membrane layers surrounding my brain and a large area of my skull. The tumour had also ventured into areas of my brain, affecting my optic nerves, speech, memory and mobility.
Dreaming of the future
Right now, my dreams for the future are now different, but no less ambitious as I come to terms with my new normal. My determination is unbounded and I have found passion in my free time in helping those in a similar situation as my own. I am back in the work place and continue to raise money for charity (namely brainstrust) whilst ably managing a host of invisible ailments that now structure my day to day life.
Making a difference
Last year we raised over £2,000 for brainstrust [during Wear Grey], which was unbelievable. We held bake sales, we had bucket collections and those who could not donate still wore grey and spread that much needed awareness of how many people and families are heavily impacted by a Brain Tumour diagnosis.
A beautiful silver lining
Sadly, I am unable to attend the ‘& Juliet’ Musical at Manchester Opera House on 21st September due to recent changes to my health. So, to kick off my fundraising early for ‘Wear Grey 2019’ (instead of our tickets going to waste) we would like to use them to raise funds for brainstrust.
For every £5.00 donated [to my JustGiving page] your name will go into a draw to win 1 of 2 pairs of ‘Row A’ Centre Circle tickets which are up for grabs!! I am half in tears writing this because as much as I have been looking forward to going to see this musical, to be able to do this and raise money for such a wonderful charity is a beautiful silver lining.
To enter into Kym’s raffle, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kymb83
“It’s so kind of Kym to donate her tickets, turning this into a positive opportunity to help others. Knowing how much the show means to Kym makes this raffle even more special. Kym is such an inspiration, and we couldn’t be more grateful for her continued support. This story is the perfect example of how to make Wear Grey your own. No matter what you do, you will be making an incredible difference.”
Sophie Bryan, Community Fundraiser