Why boxers, rugby players and bosses joined Walk Against Cancer for Steve Prescott (From St Helens Star)
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Why boxers, rugby players and bosses joined Walk Against Cancer for Steve Prescott
7:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
HE may have been unable to join them on the trek – but Steve Prescott remained the driving force for the dozens who teamed up for the Walk Against Cancer.
Supporters of his charity marched to rugby league grounds across the M62 corridor before arriving at Old Trafford for last Saturday’s Super League Grand Final.
Shaun ‘Geordie Saint’ Kelly, from St Helens, and Lisa Jewitt, of Hull, completed the entire 180-mile distance, while plenty of others joined legs of the tour.
Steve, 39, who is continuing specialist treatment at an Oxford hospital, remained the inspiration for many of the walkers 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.
The Star’s deputy editor Andrew Kilmurray, who joined the trek over Sutton Manor last Thursday, said: “For sports stars such as Martin and Wello and a busy chief executive such as Rushy to put the time aside to take part in what were, frankly, awful conditions underlines the regard in which Steve is held.
“There was a great sense of camaraderie and all the walkers and fundraisers were a credit to the Steve Prescott Foundation.”
Meanwhile, Mike Denning, chairman of the Steve Prescott Foundation, issued an update on Steve’s health.
He said: “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.
“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.”
Steve, a father-of-two, 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.
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