A BIOMEDIICAL scientist from Heartlands Hospital is raising money for Kidney Research UK by belly dancing in her own talent show at the Dovehouse Theatre in Solihull.
Lisa McKain has organised the event in memory of her mother, who tragically died from kidney disease last year.
Lisa, aged 35, from Great Barr, is bringing together a host of dance styles for her show ‘Dancing to the Top’ at the Dovehouse Theatre, Solihull on Friday September 18, and again at Birmingham Library Theatre on Saturday September 19. Both shows start at 7.30pm.
There’ll be a truly international favour with everything from flamenco and salsa, to Bollywood and Irish dancing. Lisa herself is a specialist in belly dancing, which will be well represented with performances in the cabaret, tribal and baladi traditions.
Lisa decided to put on the event after losing her mother, Lilleth Iyamu, to kidney disease.
“We knew something was wrong because Mom had lost nearly five stones.
“Renal failure was diagnosed and she was put on dialysis. She had major problems with it though, and had to go into intensive care three times. She needed the dialysis, but was too weak to withstand it. It was one of the worst things I have ever seen in my life.”
Determined to do something to help others, Lisa decided to raise money for Kidney Research UK.
“As a biomedical scientist, I know how vital charitable funding is for clinical research. Without the help of Kidney Research UK, the advances and scientific breakthroughs we’ve seen in recent years would not continue.”
Lisa is asking local businesses to help by donating money or prizes for a raffle and can be contacted on 07887 711272.
Tickets are available from the box offices on 0121 706 7139 (Dovehouse) and 0121 303 2323 (Library Theatre)
There are over 7,000 new cases of kidney cancer diagnosed each year and this figure seems to be rising every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed with kidney cancer.