Pop star raising cash for daughter with inoperable brain tumour

Kenny Thomas' daughter Christina has a mid-brain giloma

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Kenny Thomas trying to raise money for daughter's brain tumour

Kenny Thomas has opened up about his four-year-old daughter's heartbreaking diagnosis with an inoperable brain tumour.

The 90s pop legend is now trying to raise £80,000 to find alternative treatment for her in the UK or abroad.

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The soul singer – who had four hit UK singles in the 1990s – first noticed his daughter Christina was getting tired after starting nursery.

She then started to develop a "slight limp" in her right leg.

Credits: Kenny Thomas

"This worsened still to the point where she would ask to be picked up and carried to school," Kenny explains on his daughter's Just Giving fund raising page.

Christina was given blood tests that came back negative and X-rays also showed nothing abnormal so they were referred to a neurologist.

But while they were waiting for their appointment Christina's condition worsened.

They were eventually referred for an MRI scan – but it wasn't good news.

Christina has a mid-brain giloma on her brain stem that is inoperable and has all the characteristics of an aggressive cancerous tumour.

"Within two hours of receiving this devastating news I found myself sitting in the back of an ambulance with Christina being driven at high speed, blue lights flashing, on our way to a Neurology hospital," he wrote.

And he has since admitted that nothing they could have done would have helped.

Credits: Kenny Thomas

"A mother's intuition is greater than a father's in some ways, she knew something was wrong long before me," he told The Metro.

"I was more dismissive. I was the one saying she hurt herself trampolining or she could have run around all day and hurt herself.

"But, truthfully, if we found out two months before we would still be in the same position with the same tumour in the same position, that you can't operate on.

"I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemies, I really wouldn't."

The family were told that chemotherapy and radiotherapy could help prolong Christina's life – but wouldn't cure her condition.

So they are now seeking alternative treatments and speaking to specialists in America and Israel.

Meanwhile, friends of the family started fund raising and have so far raised £43,000 of their £80,000 target.

"Christina's prognosis is poor but with your help we want to do our best to find alternative treatment for her here in the UK or abroad," Kenny explains on the fundraising page.

At the same time Christina was first showing the symptoms of her illness, her little brother Jude was born and now is 11 weeks old.

The couple also have two other children Angela, 6, and Joseph, 3.

To support Kenny or to see Christina's progress visit her Just Giving page.


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