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LGBT+ journalist Dean Eastmond to be celebrated with epic memorial concert

Dean Eastmond via Twitter

The 21-year-old writer, activist and HISKIND co-founder passed away earlier this month.

The life of Dean Eastmond will be celebrated with an epic memorial concert in London next week, which will help raise money for his chosen charities and his family.

The young journalist was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2015 and given a 50% chance of survival.

After specialist Proton Beam therapy treatment in Florida, he had a gruelling 12-month battle with chemotherapy before he was told that the cancer had spread and was terminal.

When Dean was told of his cancer treatment early on, he was also informed that he would become infertile.

After exploring the options with his boyfriend, he decided to use a sperm bank at the hospital.

However, he was told that because he was gay, his partner would not have access to it if he passed away or became mentally incapable.

Dean set out to have the policy changed and was successful, and now the process for same-sex couples has been brought in line with that for heterosexuals.

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Dean passed away earlier this month surrounded by his family.

HISKIND co-founder Josh Fletcher and the wider community have come together to organise a special event to remember Dean on 20 September.

DEAN: an evening celebrating Dean Eastmond will feature some of his favourite performers, including Years & Years, Sink The Pink, and a DJ set from Will Joseph Cook.

What’s more, there will be vogue dancers, spoken word, drag and a live catwalk.

The evening will be predominantly open to Dean’s family, friends and supports, but a limited amount of tickets will be available for the general public via an online ballot.

If you would like to make a donation to Dean’s chosen charities – which include the Teenage Cancer Trust, Clic Sargent and Sarcoma UK – and his family, you can do so here.

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