AN inspirational man from Wirral has turned the horror of a brain tumour diagnosis in to a positive by cutting his long hair for charity.
Lyam Kirkham was diagnosed in October with an anaplastic astrocytoma grade III malignant brain tumour at the Walton Centre in Fazakerley.
Lyam said: “Since my diagnosis, I’ve spent a lot of time frequenting The Walton Centre for various appointments, scans and I also had a stay in one of their wards for a number of nights after my biopsy due to a bleed on my brain.
“I’m very fortunate enough to live only a short drive away from the hospital and therefore my relatives have been able to stay near while I undergo my treatment.
“However many patients come from further afield and so I wish to raise some money for Walton’s Home from Home Appeal which will help build accommodation for loved ones and new facilities for rehabilitation patients.”
Lyam’s girlfriend Rebecca Alveston said: “This came as a huge shock to us and it would have been easy to get dragged down by this news, but Lyam's positive response to all of this is something to admire.”
Lyam decided to lose his curls when his hair started thinning due to his radiotherapy treatment. He rose to the challenge on November 27, his 26th birthday, the day after he finished treatment.
Family and friends packed themselves into The Shipping Forecast bar in Liverpool to support Lyam as he said goodbye to his luscious locks. His friend Sean Evans, of Big Al's Barber Shop, supplied his skills.
So far donations both online and in cash have succeeded £3,000.
Lyam said: “I would like to thank everyone that participated in the event and donated, the response so far has been truly overwhelming.”
“Donating is quick, simple and secure. Any amount that you can donate, big or small, will be much obliged.”
To donate please see Lyam’s page www.justgiving.com/lyamkirkham. The page is open until December 27.
For further information on the Home from Home appeal, go to: www.thewaltoncentre. nhs.uk/9/fundraising