Background Steve Prescott played Rugby League for St Helens, Hull, Wakefield, Ireland and was a GB Lions Tourist. In September 2006, Steve was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei a rare form of Cancer, he was told that he would not see his two children grow up; he was given months to live. He underwent an Emergency Operation in Basingstoke Hospital and a tumour was removed from his Stomach.
The Steve Prescott Fund was formed immediately by a group of Rugby League Supporters they raised money for Steve and his family so Steve could concentrate on his battle against Cancer. Over the next year Steve defied medical experts and managed to build himself up to his rugby playing weight by spending hours in Gym. At a Wigan v Saints Charity Supporters match in August 2007 for Christies Hospital Manchester Steve was invited to be the Guest of Honour, it was decided in a conversation between Steve and Martin Blondel that they would start to raise money for the two organisations that had supported Steve throughout his ordeal Christies and the RFL Benevolent Fund.
The Steve Prescott Fund was ceased and The Steve Prescott Foundation created The Long Walk Home was the first Event organised for the Foundation, it was 200 mile walk involving all the Super League Clubs within the M62 Corridor, it was a huge success £60,000 was raised, since then the Foundation has expanded and at the moment we have given over £300,000 to the Charities with a wide range of events from Rugby Legends Boxing each other to Steve completing the London Marathon plus the highly successful Carnegie Challenge which entailed a 900 mile bike ride from Catalans (Perpignan), 26 Mile Dragon Boat down the Thames and Half Marathon run into Wembley to deliver the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final Ball in time for the Kick Off. Steve at the moment is still undergoing intense Chemotherapy but this does not stop him from trying impossible feats, he pushes his body to the limits.
In 2010 Steve was awarded the MBE for his services to Rugby League and Charity. Steve has just completed the Engage Mutual End to End Extreme Challenge. This consisted of Cycling from Lands End To John O’Groats and climbing the National Three Peaks Snowdon, Scafell & Ben Nevis and only last month he was given a honorary degree at the University of Hull. I am sure you will agree that Steve is an inspirational person. With your help and support The Steve Prescott Foundation will help others to overcome adversity.
The Christie is a world leading cancer centre, treating more than 40,000 patients a year. We have been pioneering cancer research breakthroughs for over 100 years and remain committed to helping those affected by cancer both now and in the future.
The Christie charity raises over £12.5 million every year to provide funding for research projects, state of the art equipment and patient support such as complimentary therapies and wig services. It is with your support and generosity that we can make all of this possible. Thank you for helping us to make such a difference to the lives of cancer patients.