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TAYLOR SWIFT DREAM MADE REALITY FOR LOCAL SYDNEYSIDER BATTLING AGGRESSIVE CANCER

Mounties Group 2 mins read
Sydneysider battling aggressive cancer Young Jae Kim (left) and his wife Cherie's dream of seeing Taylor Swift live came true on Monday night.

Immediate Release

27 February 2024

TAYLOR SWIFT DREAM MADE REALITY FOR LOCAL SYDNEYSIDER BATTLING AGGRESSIVE CANCER

A Sydneysider battling cancer had his dream of seeing Taylor Swift live with his wife come true, thanks to the generosity of charity Dreams2Live4 and Mounties Group.

Young Jae Kim, 44, was diagnosed with an aggressive sarcoma (soft tissue cancer) and has had a series of serious medical events since his diagnosis in late 2023. A patient at Westmead Hospital, Young undergoes chemotherapy on a regular basis while also being a devoted husband and father of two children aged 5 and 3.

A cancer diagnosis has a direct impact on the mental health and social wellbeing of both patient and carers. Following his diagnosis of cancer and the gut-wrenching news that it has returned, Dreams2Live4 empowers patients like Young Jae Kim to dream and find purpose again.

Despite the challenges, Young has remained positive and determined, finding solace in listening to music and spending quality time with his wife, Cherie, and their children.

Young explained that his dream was to go on a date night with Cherie to see Taylor Swift live.

“I love nothing more than seeing my wife, Cherie happy, so knowing Taylor Swift was coming to Australia, I knew we had to go and see her together, if possible with my health challenges.”

“My wife’s favourite Taylor song is ‘Shake it Off’ and I was so excited to see her face and enjoy some one on one time, outside of a hospital setting for the night,” he continued.

“When Young Jae Kim applied for a dream, he wanted something positive that both he and his wife could look forward to. Our Dreamers diagnosis doesn’t just change their life, but it impacts their partner and family too,” said Dreams2Live4 CEO and Dream Maker, Louise Mahoney.

Thanks to a donation of two tickets by Western Sydney club, Mounties, Dreams2Live4 have been able to fulfill Young’s dream, with the husband and wife duo attending The Era’s concert last night at Accor Stadium.

“We’re thrilled to have made this dream come true for Young and Cherie, knowing that they spent the evening ‘shaking it off’ to provide them both with much needed respite and a sense of hope and joy,” continued Louise.

Facilitating the concert tickets, Mounties Group explained that they were honoured to get the call-up from Dreams2Live4 to see if they could spare two tickets for this family doing it tough.

“We believe in the power of community and are committed to supporting individuals and families during difficult times,” said John Dean, President of Mounties Group.

Louise concluded, “When a dream is achieved, there is a feeling of joy and positive wellbeing that lasts beyond the dream itself. Thank you to Mounties Group for helping us to make Young’s dream come true.”

“It’s been a ‘cruel summer’ for our family indeed, but we were excited to ‘Shake it Off’ for the night,” laughed Young.

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About us:

About Dreams2Live4

 

Dreams2Live4 is a registered charity which makes dreams come true for adult patients who are living with metastatic cancer (meaning any cancer which has spread), relapsed lymphoma, relapsed leukaemia and high-grade brain tumours. Dream Makers, who are all trained nurses, work with patients to realise their dreams – which vary from hot air ballooning to holidays, from meet and greets to weddings, and beyond.  By focusing on their dreams rather than their cancer patients report a positive impact on their emotional well-being, and create lasting memories. www.dreams2live4.org.au


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Media enquiries: Katey White – Brilliant Logic

0422 639 093 – kwhite@brilliantlogic.com.au

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