Louis Thorold Foundation
The following has been written by James Ahearne, who will be climbing with us:
On 8th November 2021, my closest friend of 26 years, Kevin Garlap Tsang, died of gastroesophageal cancer at the tender age of 44.
Kevin was a larger than life character who cared deeply for his friends and family, who for him were one and the same, and was passionate about his work as a senior manager at BAE Systems. His passing has left a huge hole, but we are all the better for having had him in our lives. He leaves behind his extremely strong and supportive wife (Chen Li) of two years but with whom the love affair started two decades before, two step children who he adored (Alesha and Aiden), his father (Ah Heung) who was ever present in his life, and his brother (Gar Hei), of whom he was extremely proud.
Kevin and I met at Tae Kwon Do in around 1996. In Tae Kwon Do there are five tenets: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit. Kevin personified these principles throughout his life (and kicked me in the head more times than I care to remember in the process!).
Kevin was treated at the Sheldon Cancer Unit at the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield. Having attended two of the many treatments he endured I witnessed the incredible good humour, professionalism and kindness displayed by the administration staff, navigator, pharmacy, nurses and doctors. Kevin suffered from narrowing veins from the treatments which made it exceptionally hard for the nurses to locate his veins to take blood. It was his intention to raise funds for the ward to ensure that they could buy needed vein finders or other equipment so that others’ might not have to suffer in the same way. Unfortunately, he had insufficient time to make that a reality.
So, with the amazing support, organisation, and friendship of the guys at Levanter Developments, we are going to pick up his baton in his memory and climb three mountains in a day to finish what he set out to do. And all along the way we will be taking inspiration from the perseverance and indomitable spirit that he so effortlessly embodied. Rest in peace, mate.
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