A MAN who died of an aggressive brain tumor inspired an American band to write a song about him.
Sean Crossey, from High Wycombe, was diagnosed with grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), an aggressive and fast-growing brain tumour, in August 2016 after suffering intermittent vomiting, dizziness and debilitating headaches.
He underwent three brain surgeries, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but died in September 2018 – just three months after marrying his longtime partner Laura. He was 29 years old.
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After his death, his friend AJ Perdomo, who is the lead singer of American rock band The Dangerous Summer’s, wrote a song inspired by him.
AJ Perdomo also lost his friend Amanda Dayon, from New Jersey, America, who died on September 8, the same day as Her Majesty the Queen, from cancer.
Sean and Amanda inspired the song Goodbye, which appears on the band’s latest album Coming Home, released August 26.
Speaking to Brain Tumor Research, a charity that has supported Sean, AJ said: “It came out to me like songs do, and I felt like there was sadness but positivity. in the message. The fact that we were able to spend time together knowing each other gave us a peace and I tried to paint the emotion as best I could.
“It’s this melancholic emptiness, but there’s a layer of happiness and too often ‘it feels like we’re saying goodbye too many times’. I send my heart to everyone who has been through or is going through the same It’s the endless toll of life, a destination we’ll all reach but no time is ever long enough.
AJ met Sean during his band’s first visit to the UK in 2010. Sean, who was also a talented musician, lived with Jamie Osman, who became the band’s manager, in a flat where they partied after the show, and laughed and sang. Songs’.
AJ said, “Jamie was like a brother to Sean and they came to every one of our shows; we would hang around so much. Sean was a genius, he even made our website, and a few versions of it over the years. Our group split up and after many trips across the pond it looked like it would be a long time before we got back.
“I remember seeing the news of Sean’s illness on Facebook and telling Jamie about it, and Sean directly and holding on to hope and love, and feeling like he couldn’t leave us.
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“It’s like the world is missing an amazing human being, an incredibly sweet, intelligent soul. I love him so much and there’s a hole there that will always exist.
Jo Crossey, Sean’s mother, said: “We are very proud and honored to have Sean remembered in this way. It’s yet another reminder of how much he touched people’s lives.
The Dangerous Summer toured the UK beginning in Birmingham on September 27 and concluding in London on October 5.
Charlie Allsebrook, Community Development Manager for Brain Tumor Research, said: “This song is a touching tribute to a special young man who was taken from this world far too soon and we applaud AJ and The Dangerous Summer for creating it. .
“Sean’s story is a stark reminder that brain tumors kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet historically only 1% of national spending on brain research cancer have been allocated to this devastating disease.We’re working to change that.