Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey reveals powerful plans to mark 2 years since his death

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27 Mar 2024, 15:06

Tom Parker and Kelsey Parker

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The widow of The Wanted’s Tom Parker has revealed what she hopes to do to mark four years since his death. 

Tom sadly passed away aged 33 on 30th March 2022, two years after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. 

Kelsey Parker has been very open with her grief, often sharing the life milestones missed by Tom via her social media, all in the hopes of raising awareness of finding and treating brain tumours. 

Speaking exclusively to during Brain Tumour Awareness Month, and ahead of Wear a Hat Day on Thursday (28th March), Kelsey revealed that all she hopes to do on the second anniversary of his death is ensure more people understand the condition. 

Once again, Kelsey is hosting another tribute celebrity football match in his memory at Bromley Football Club to raise funds for brain tumour charities, and to help carry on Tom’s legacy. 

Discussing the milestone, Kelsey said: “Only Tom could actually die in Brain Tumour Awareness Month, only Thomas Parker. So it all falls in quite well, because I can just bring as much awareness in the month of March.

“Everything I'm doing is just awareness. I had no clue. I mean, Tom and I just lived our little lives until it was like, boom, this bomb went off. Welcome to the world of brain tumours”

She continued: “I want more people to be aware, and to think about it and go, ‘What can I do? How can I help?’

Kesley also shared her utter shock at the current situation involving diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours, particularly as there were so few options available to Tom. 

“He got diagnosed, and they were like, ‘Oh, yeah. All we can offer is chemotherapy, and some radiotherapy. And if that works, we may give him some more chemotherapy. That's the standard of care that we give.'

“I wanted someone to come down and rescue us and be like, ‘It's gonna be okay, we've got all this treatment, and we're gonna throw it all at Tom and he’s gonna be okay.’ But that wasn't the case.”

Tom was first told about his inoperable brain tumour in October 2020, and went through several rounds of chemotherapy and 30 radiotherapy sessions.