"Cancer patients are painted like we sit about all day doing nothing feeling sorry for ourselves and I wanted to challenge that.”
We're saddened to learn that Dean Eastmond passed away over the weekend.
Dean has been a friend of ours since he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in 2016. Since then he has crammed so much into his life despite a great deal of challenge.
He has been a force to be reckoned with. He successfully campaigned against discrimination against LGBT people living with cancer wanting to freeze their sperm; he launched HISKIND magazine across the UK for young people; and has written about his experience of sarcoma for the Guardian, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue and more.
Dean wrote movingly and honestly about what it is like to live with sarcoma. The fact that he could do so even when obviously in pain during chemotherapy was a testimony to his wish to push for awareness.
Lindsey Bennister, Chief Executive of Sarcoma UK: “I feel privileged to have known Dean. I first met him early on in his diagnosis when he came to visit us at the Sarcoma UK office – full of fun, energy, ideas and hope for the future, he lit up our office and our team instantly loved him. We weren’t surprised at all that he went onto be such an inspiration for others with sarcoma, young and old, and a true leader in the LGBT community. His life has been tragically cut short by sarcoma, and we can only imagine what amazing things he would have gone on to do if his treatment had been successful.
Dean and I exchanged regular DM's on Twitter, and I was constantly struck by his determination to help others in the same situation, and his personal strength in dealing with the devastating reality of his sarcoma in the last few months. At Sarcoma UK, we never get used to losing a friend from sarcoma, and Dean will remain in the hearts of everyone here. It strengthens our determination to find new treatments for sarcoma so that everyone has a fighting chance of survival.”
We send our deepest condolences to Dean's partner, Adam, his family, friends and all those who have been inspired and comforted by his words and actions.