Queen & Adam Lambert Birmingham fan’s special request for Utilita Arena concert as she battles breast cancer

Kirsty Ward was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer in 2019, but she’s still enjoying life and is preparing to see her favourite band in Birmingham this weekend

A woman from Birmingham who has terminal cancer said she is hoping to receive a shout out from her favourite band Queen - when they perform in Birmingham city centre this weekend.

Forty-four year-old Kirsty Ward, who is currently raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, was first diagnosed with stage 3C breast cancer in 2011, when she was just 33 years-old.

After undergoing treatment, Kirsty was cancer free and in good health for years, but in 2019, she was told the cancer had returned and was terminal.

Kirsty, who lives in Bartley Green with her husband Ricki and four cats, said she was devastated by the news - but is determined to make the most of her life and can’t wait to see Queen and Adam Lambert at Utilita Arena on Saturday.

The University of Birmingham Administrator has tweeted the band ahead of their two shows in Birmingham over the weekend with her special request.

The band wowed the crowds at their impressive performance at the Party at the Palace on Saturday for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and both shows in Birminghamm are sold out.

Kirsty Ward

Speaking to BirminghamWorld, Kirsty said: “I have been waiting for two years to see them perform. I never thought I’d get the chance.

“I grew up listening to Queen, and of course I wish I’d been able to see Freddie but I love Adam Lambert and it would mean the world just for a shout out, especially during one of their biggest hits ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’.”

Kirsty enjoys her job at the University of Birmingham and has been a volunteer for a breast cancer awareness charity called CoppaFeel for around nine years.

Adam Lambert performs with Brian May of Queen (Getty Images)

She said: “I was initially diagnosed with stage 3C breast cancer. I had chemotherapy, a full mastectomy and radiotherapy. I was fine for a fair few years but in 2019, I found that there was something not quite right in my remaining breast.

“I went and got it checked out and it was breast cancer again. That was June 2019 and unfortunately, following a CT scan we found that my cancer had spread to my sternum, liver and lungs and later on my spine, causing a fracture. This means it’s treatable for as long as the chemo works, but not curable.

“I was 41 and we were planning on enjoying the rest of our lives together, but instead we were arranging things like palliative care, my will and funeral plans while I was still well enough.

“CoppaFeel is a group for women that have been affected by breast cancer; whether it be a diagnosis, a scare or a member of their family having it. We are called the Boobettes.”

To see more information, visit the CoppaFeel website, here.

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