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alert-–-tom-parker’s-widow-kelsey-parker-and-former-the-wanted-bandmate-max-george-lead-tributes-on-second-anniversary-of-his-deathAlert – Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey Parker and former The Wanted bandmate Max George lead tributes on second anniversary of his death

Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey Parker and former bandmate Max George led the tributes on the second anniversary of the singer’s death on Saturday. 

The Wanted singer died aged 33 on March 30, 2022 following an 18-month battle with stage four glioblastoma brain cancer.

Kelsey, 33, took to Instagram to share a sweet clips of Tom and their family set to a Champagne Supernova cover by Blame Jones, featuring lyrics such as ‘you and I will never die’.

She captioned the video: ‘Can’t believe it’s been two years. Feels like only yesterday that you left us, but I feel like I’ve been on my own for a long time now and so much has changed since you were here. 

‘I know you’d be so proud of everything we’ve achieved. The house looking as we wanted it, Rae in school and thriving, Bodhi won’t take his football kits off, K2K going from strength to strength and the online community I’m growing. 

Tom Parker's widow Kelsey Parker, 33, and former bandmate Max George, 35, lead the tributes on the second anniversary of the singer's death on Saturday

Tom Parker’s widow Kelsey Parker, 33, and former bandmate Max George, 35, lead the tributes on the second anniversary of the singer’s death on Saturday

Max (pictured) took to Instagram and wrote: '2 years without you my brother. Still doesn't feel real. Found these today.. our last sleepover. I'll cherish it forever'

Max (pictured) took to Instagram and wrote: ‘2 years without you my brother. Still doesn’t feel real. Found these today.. our last sleepover. I’ll cherish it forever’

Kelsey took to Instagram to share a sweet video of clips of Tom and their family set to a Champagne Supernova cover by Blame Jones, featuring lyrics such as 'you and I will never die'

Kelsey took to Instagram to share a sweet video of clips of Tom and their family set to a Champagne Supernova cover by Blame Jones, featuring lyrics such as ‘you and I will never die’

‘I know you’d be so proud of me, I’m so proud of me, but I wish more than anything you were here to tell me yourself. For you to wrap your arms around me and share in the excitement of every milestone reached. 

‘They say the second year is the hardest and everyone keeps telling me if I can survive that I can survive anything. But I’m somehow feeling a weaker than I have before. 

‘Rae and Bodhi asking more questions and I just need you here to help me answer them. Two whole years and it’s getting harder not easier. I miss you more than ever. Celebrating you and all we had today and forever. 

‘Remember I love you one more than you can ever say My Tommy Boy Forever xxx.’

Max, 35, shared a picture of himself and Tom in bed with the caption: ‘2 years without you my brother. Still doesn’t feel real. Found these today.. our last sleepover. I’ll cherish it forever.’ 

Also paying tribute was Siva Kanseswaran who was a member of The Wanted alongside Tom and Max.

Siva, 35, shared a video to his Instagram Story where he hoped Kelsey and family were doing well and said he would be remembering Tom with love. 

Remaining members Nathan Sykes and Jay McGuinness opted to grieve in private. 

Kelsey shared Aurelia, four, and three-year-old Bodhi with the late star and the tributes come after Kelsey announced a tribute football match in his memory.

Also paying tribute was Siva Kanseswaran, 35, who was a member of The Wanted alongside Tom and Max

Also paying tribute was Siva Kanseswaran, 35, who was a member of The Wanted alongside Tom and Max

Also paying tribute was The Wanted's Siva Kanseswaran. Remaining members Nathan Sykes (far right) and Jay McGuinness opted to grieve in private

Also paying tribute was The Wanted’s Siva Kanseswaran. Remaining members Nathan Sykes (far right) and Jay McGuinness opted to grieve in private

It comes after Kelsey announced a tribute football match in his memory as she and her children prepare to mark two-years since his death

It comes after Kelsey announced a tribute football match in his memory as she and her children prepare to mark two-years since his death

For the second year running, Kelsey will host the the Tom Parker Charity Football Match at Bromley Football Club in an attempt to raise funds for research on Tom's cancer

For the second year running, Kelsey will host the the Tom Parker Charity Football Match at Bromley Football Club in an attempt to raise funds for research on Tom’s cancer

Kelsey, 33, who has Aurelia, four, and three-year-old Bodhi with the late star, hopes the event can help her two young children 'remember and celebrate' their dad, as she doesn't want them to 'feel sadness'

Kelsey, 33, who has Aurelia, four, and three-year-old Bodhi with the late star, hopes the event can help her two young children ‘remember and celebrate’ their dad, as she doesn’t want them to ‘feel sadness’

For the second year running, she will host the the Tom Parker Charity Football Match at Bromley Football Club in an attempt to tackle the lack of funding given to research for the killer disease. 

She hopes the event can help her two young children ‘remember and celebrate’ their dad, as she doesn’t want them to ‘feel sadness’. 

Speaking ahead of the two-year anniversary since his death, Kelsey told : ‘March is such a difficult month for us as a family. I can’t actually believe that in just a couple of weeks it will be two years since we lost Tom. 

‘It’s so strange as some days I feel like it only happened yesterday, and then on others I feel like so much time has gone by since we last saw him and it just breaks my heart. I think about him every single day and that won’t ever change.’

Last year, Kelsey launched a charity football match in Tom’s honour, which took place on Father’s Day, and she was delighted to announce that a second one will be taking place on this year’s Father’s Day – June 16. Kelsey’s sponsor is James Ryan from Grove Gallery who did the event last year

Kelsey said: ‘One thing I promised myself and Tom was to continue his legacy. Brain tumours kill more children and adults under 40 than any other cancer. 

‘That is more than leukaemia, prostate and breast cancer, yet the government only gives brain tumour research 1 per cent of its funding. 

‘More needs to be done and I feel like when Tom passed he handed the baton over to me to continue raising awareness and funding. 

‘We can’t keep losing our children, husbands, wives, parents, brothers and sisters to this cancer. 

‘So, as part of Tom’s legacy, we will be holding a second charity football match in his honour this Father’s Day. It’s a great way for Rae and Bo to remember and celebrate their dad, I don’t want them to feel sadness.

The Wanted singer passed away aged 33 in March 2022 following an 18-month battle with stage four glioblastoma brain cancer

The Wanted singer passed away aged 33 in March 2022 following an 18-month battle with stage four glioblastoma brain cancer 

In 2023, the match took place on Father's Day, and she was delighted to announce that a second one will be taking place on this year's Father's Day - June 16

In 2023, the match took place on Father’s Day, and she was delighted to announce that a second one will be taking place on this year’s Father’s Day – June 16

Brothers Ryan and Scott Thomas, X Factor's Jake Quickenden, and Love Island's Nathan Massey were among the stars who supported Kelsey in 2023

Brothers Ryan and Scott Thomas, X Factor’s Jake Quickenden, and Love Island’s Nathan Massey were among the stars who supported Kelsey in 2023

‘The money raised will go back into research and to help families like mine who have lost a loved one. 

‘We’ve had so much celebrity support and interest already and I can’t wait to start revealing who will be taking part in this year’s line up.’

Brothers Ryan and Scott Thomas, X Factor’s Jake Quickenden and Love Island’s Nathan Massey were among the stars who supported Kelsey last year.

100% of the proceeds raised from the game will be donated to brain tumour charity’s Ahead of The Game – which helps fund lifesaving treatment and support affected families.

The charity invests in cancer sufferers and their families providing rehabilitation, mental and emotional support as well as financial help.

It comes after Kelsey revealed she had come to the ‘painful’ decision to take off her wedding rings after months of ‘torturing herself’.

Following Tom’s death Kelsey found happiness with former convict Sean Boggans, who was jailed in 2013 for four years after he killed a man with one punch, but they later split.

Taking to Instagram last month she said she wanted to do something special with her engagement and wedding ring so as ‘to honour my marriage with Tom, while not living in the past’.

Alongside a photo montage of their 13-year relationship, Kelsey wrote: ‘Hi everyone, hope you have had a lovely Sunday.

‘I wanted to share something with you all this evening. It’s something I’ve been thinking long and hard about for a while now, and as we end the first week of a new year, I have decided to take off my rings.

Kelsey told : 'March is such a difficult month for us as a family. I can't actually believe that in just a couple of weeks it will be two years since we lost Tom.'

Kelsey told : ‘March is such a difficult month for us as a family. I can’t actually believe that in just a couple of weeks it will be two years since we lost Tom.’

‘It felt really painful every time I looked at them and I have been torturing myself over when will be the right time. 

‘I know now there will never be a right or wrong time, but there does have to come a point in my life when I remove them.

‘Of course I’ll always be Tom’s, he’ll always be in my heart and I know I will forever be in his, but right now, in this world I’m not married anymore as much as that breaks my heart to admit.’

Kelsey asked fans for their creative ideas about how she could do something ‘special’ with the rings until she bestows them to their children Aurelia, four, and son Bodhi, three.

She continued: ‘Sometimes I wonder if I’ve left them on too long and other times I think I just expected to wear them forever.

‘How do I protect and honour my marriage to Tom while not living in the past?!

‘Anyway, I’m going on here, but it is something I wanted to share with you all as you give me so much love and support. 

‘Please do send me any ideas you have of what I could do with my rings, and no hate please! I want 2024 to be a positive year and I have no space for negative energy or comments. Love and light xxx’.

WHAT IS A GLIOBLASTOMA?

Glioblastoma is considered the most aggressive tumor that can form in the brain. Senator John McCain was diagnosed with one in July 2017.

Patients have a 10 percent chance of surviving five years after their diagnosis, according to figures. The average lifespan is between 14 and 16 months.

Three adults per every 100,000 will be struck down with a glioblastoma, says The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).

It is most commonly found in men aged 50 to 60, and there is no link between developing glioblastoma and having a previous history with other cancers.

WHAT IS THE TUMOR MADE OF? 

The tumor is made up of a mass of cells growing quickly in the brain, and in most cases patients have no family history of the disease.

It won’t spread to other organs, however, once it is diagnosed, it is nearly impossible to target, surgeons claim.

Unlike other types of brain cancer which are more specifically located, glioblastoma can occur in any part of the brain. 

WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE? 

Because the tumor likely already spread deep into the brain by the time it is diagnosed, the cancerous tissue is incredibly difficult to remove. 

Surgeon will only ever remove the tumor, or part of the tumor, if it won’t do any damage to the surrounding brain tissue.

Dr Babcar Cisse, a neurosurgeon at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, told Daily Mail Online in July 2017: ‘By the time a glioblastoma is diagnosed, microfibers can spread to the rest of the brain which an MRI would not spot.

‘So even if the main tumor is removed and the patient receives radiation and chemotherapy, it will come back.’ 

GRADING A GLIOBLASTOMA

Brain tumors are graded from between one to four, depending on how fast they grow and how aggressive they are.

Malignant tumors are either given a high-grade three or four, while benign ones are given a lower grade one or two. 

Glioblastoma is often referred to as a grade four astrocytoma – another form of brain tumor, says the AANS.

SYMPTOMS

Patients typically complain of symptoms such as confused vision, trouble with memory, dizziness and headaches.

The symptoms are somewhat nonspecific, and vary from person to person, and may not persist. 

The disease is therefore impossible to diagnose based on symptoms alone.

 

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