The concept of undertaking fund-raising took shape in August 2007, after Steve was Guest of Honour at a Wigan Supporters versus St.Helens Supporters Charity Rugby League match. The game signified the starting point of the Steve Prescott Foundation, with two organisations close to his own heart set to receive the benefits of his own fund-raising activities:
Try Assist: Previously known as The Rugby League Benevolent Fund, and aims to support players whose lives are affected by serious injuries while playing the game of Rugby League. SPF Donates 25k to Try Assist Fund. Read more here www.rflbenevolentfund.co.uk
The Christie: We at The Christie are extremely grateful to The Steve Prescott Foundation and all their supporters within the Rugby League community and beyond.
From their many and varied fundraising events and challenges, the Foundation has, to date, donated the magnificent sum of £311,000 to The Christie Hospital Pseudomyoxoma Research Fund.
Professor Andrew Renehan, lead for clinical and translational research in Colorectal Surgery and the Peritoneal Tumour Service and their team, are pioneering the UK’s research into this rare form of cancer looking into new ways of treating this disease One of the current research projects which the Foundation has helped fund is Gene profiling in Pseudomyxoma Peritonei cells. This will provide a way for the team to identify and characterise key PMP related proteins and gene targets.
A key aim of the research conducted by Professor Renehan and his team will also be to develop an immortalized cell culture system that mimics human PMP tissue. A paper on this research has just been published.
Dr Mark Saunders, agrees that “None of this work would be possible without The Steve Prescott Foundation and we really do appreciate how valuable their contribution is to The Christie. Steve has very sadly died but his legacy lives on”. Due to the rare nature of Pseudomyoxoma funding for research is absolutely critical and often difficult to secure making the Foundation’s commitment to The Christie even more vital.
Howard Newhall of The Christie Charity, who has liaised with The Foundation since it’s inception added “Having witnessed first-hand the lengths that Steve and his army of supporters have pushed themselves to in the pursuit of raising these valuable funds, I have nothing but admiration and respect for them all. In addition, The Foundation has massively raised awareness of not only Pseudomyoxoma but also cancer in general”.
The SPF fund allows those hospitals, researchers and surgeons who deal in Pseudomyxoma related conditions and multi visceral transplantation to apply for grants to the Trustees the SPF who will ensure that the money will have a direct and significant effect on people's lives. Click here to read more