A musician is preparing to release a charity single in memory of his brother who died last summer, six years after a brain tumour diagnosis.
Calum Wright was just 31-years-old when he died. His cancer first appeared in 2015 when he was just 24.
He had surgery to remove the tumour shortly after his diagnosis, but it came back a year later.
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In December 2019, it recurred for a third time. At this point it was deemed inoperable, and Calum’s treatment revolved around limiting tumour growth, and extending his life as long as possible.
Calum’s brother, Andrew has penned a track called One Eleven, with all the proceeds from purchases of the song going towards The Brain Tumour Charity.
The siblings enjoyed making music together and so Andrew said a dedication track would be a fitting tribute to his beloved brother.
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Andrew, from Elderslie, said: “Music was such an important part of our lives growing up and I have so many happy memories of singing and performing with Calum, so this seemed like an appropriate tribute to him, which will hopefully raise funds and awareness.”
He continued: “Calum wasn’t shy in sharing his story to help others. Had circumstances been different, he would have liked his brain to have been donated for research.
“I want to continue his legacy and help raise money to fund vital research. There were many targeted treatment options undergoing clinical trial around the time of Calum’s passing. Unfortunately none matched the pathology of his tumour.
“It would be wonderful to think that further research could widen the scope of these treatments so people like Calum are able to access them, perhaps even leading to a cure.
“We as a family are very grateful that Calum got 6-and-a-half years after diagnosis as this allowed us to spend quality time together and for Calum to continue to make the most of what life still had to offer.
“We’re also aware that not everyone gets this time, so anything that can help extend the lives of people with brain tumours – by raising awareness of early signs and symptoms – is something we’re very supportive of.”
One Eleven will be released on Friday, July 22 and is available to stream on all the usual platforms, including Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music.
Of the track, Andrew said: “One Eleven reflects on how it feels to lose a loved one, hoping to see a sign that they’re still with you, and I hope that it resonates with those who have been through a similar situation.”
Donations can also be made on Andrew’s Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/andrewwright-93
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