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Steve Prescott continuing specialist treatment in Oxford hospital
3:00pm Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
STEVE Prescott’s charity today requested privacy for the inspirational cancer battler and his family as he continues to receive specialist treatment at an Oxford hospital.
Mike Denning, chairman of the Steve Prescott Foundation, issued a statement clarifying Steve’s health following reports that emerged in Hull earlier this week.
Ex-Saints player Steve, 39, who has battled pseudomyxoma peritonea for the past seven years, has been undergoing care in Oxford for two months and despite numerous complications he is said to be in “good spirits”.
In a statement Mr Denning, a St Helens-based businessman who completed the trek up Mount Kilimanjaro for the foundation, said: “On behalf of Stephen Prescott MBE and his family I would like to officially confirm Steve’s status following the article published in the Hull Daily Mail earlier this week.
“Stephen is receiving specialist care at an Oxford Hospital for his pseudomyxoma peritonea and despite recent setbacks remains in very good spirits and is doing everything the medical team ask of him at this time.
“We would ask that the family be left alone to deal with the treatment, which, with the distance from home, can be very stressful for all of the family.
“Stephen appreciates all the enquires and wishes he receives but privacy is vital at this time to allow the family to concentrate on the only issue which is important and that is Stephen’s health and recovery.
“We will provide updates as and when the family feel that it is appropriate.”
Steve, a father-of-two who lives in Eccleston, has become a hero to the rugby league community for the way he has confronted the cancer after initially being given only three months to live following diagnosis in the autumn of 2006.
He has completed numerous endurance challenges, raising more than £500,000 for charity.
However, he has encountered numerous complications from the illness in the past 12 months, which at times, has left him unable to eat or drink.
Supporters of his charity will complete the Walk against cancer, today, which has seen them trekking to rugby league grounds across the M62 corridor.
The leg from Widnes to St Helens on Thursday drew 24 people, with the likes of boxing star Martin Murray, Saints skipper Paul Wellens, ex-player Tommy Martyn, and chief executive Mike Rush joining the walk in driving rain, once again underling the esteem Steve is held in.
Numerous other rugby league supporters have joined legs of the journey along the way, with Shaun ‘GeordieSaint’ Kelly, from St Helens, and Lisa Jewitt, of Hull, on course to complete the entire 180-mile distance when they reach Old Trafford for today’s Grand Final.
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