Friends of the late Rugby League player, Steve Prescott, are continuing his charity work with a 900-mile walk from Lands End to John O-Groats. The former Wakefield player raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes before he died of stomach cancer last year.
– Steve’s wife, Linzi Prescott
The naming of the award for the winner of The Man of a Steel is a fitting tribute to a man who showed so much grit and determination in face of adversity.Steve's name will forever live on and be known alongside such Rugby League greats as Lance Todd and Harry Sunderland. We are extremely grateful to Super League and it's clubs who have sanctioned this move and they have recognised how Steve has promoted this great game through his efforts, and we on behalf of his foundation will continue to do so.
The late Hull and Wakefield Rugby League player Steve Prescott is to have a prestigious award named in his memory. All 14 Super League clubs unanimously agreed to give the player making the most impact on the First Utility Super League season - the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Award.
It is absolutely right that the player whose on-field heroics capture the imagination of his peers throughout a First Utility Super League season is presented with an award named in recognition of one of the sport’s true heroes. Although he never won the award himself, Steve Prescott really was a man of steel; a truly extraordinary individual who was universally respected by all who knew him and those who watched or read about his exploits.
– Super League Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said:
Steve was not only a great player and an outstanding ambassador for the sport throughout his illness, he was much more than that. He was an exceptional human being who impacted upon many more lives than the ones he touched in Rugby League and this has been highlighted by the support shown by not only the clubs but also the general public in the naming of the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award.
The most prestigious individual honour in Rugby League, the Man of Steel award, is to be named in memory of former Hull and Wakefield player Steve Prescott. From October, the player who makes the biggest impact on the Super League season will receive the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Award.
The RFL’s proposal to rename an honour which has been awarded annually since its inception in 1977 received unanimous support from the 14 First Utility Super League clubs at their Extraordinary General Meeting last week.
Steve Prescott MBE, who also played for Ireland and England, raised more than £500,000 for charitable causes after being diagnosed with a terminal disease in 2006.
His bravery and defiance was an inspiration to millions of people as he completed a series of tough, fund-raising challenges before his death in November last year.
The funeral of former Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity rugby league star Steve Prescott will be held on Monday , November 18.
The 39-year-old former Great Britain full back died at the weekend after a long battle with cancer.
A Requiem Mass will be held in Lowe House Church in his hometown of St Helens followed by a private committal St Helens crematorium.
The former Hull and Wakefield rugby star Steve Prescott has been told by doctors he'll never be able to eat or drink again. The 39-year-old's been battling a rare form of stomach cancer for the last seven years. He's set up his own foundation - raising money to try and find a cure.
Sheffield Eagles founder Mark Aston has become the 30th recipient of the Rugby League Writers' Association merit award for services to rugby league. Aston, who is chief executive and coach of the team was presented with his award in Warrington by Steve Prescott.
Steve Prescott has been released from hospital after his admission on Monday. The former rugby league player was taken to hospital complaining of severe stomach pains following his completion of the 48 hour Race to the Grand Final charity challenge.
Doctors performed a number of tests and established that the challenge had left Steve significantly drained and considerably lacking in natural fuels and fluids causing his bowel to stop functioning properly. However, he has responded well to treatment and will now return home to recuperate.
He is already planning his next challenge to raise money for the Steve Prescott Foundation. Steve, who was diagnosed with a rare form of abdominal cancer in 2006, will meet with his specialist in a few weeks and may have to undertake a course of proactive chemotherapy.
I would like to thank everyone for their support and messages over the past few days, it really does mean a lot and I am very grateful. These events give me focus and the fitness helps with my condition. I am looking forward to getting back in the gym, but I will have a couple of days’ rest! What I have been through this week is not a first for me. It is something which happens and I have learnt to deal with over the past few years as part of my illness.
– Steve Prescott
Most people only see me when I am doing well, but unfortunately, I still have remaining disease which presents hurdles which I have to overcome. This was just one of them. It is unfortunate that it has happened so soon after the event, causing it to be highlighted, but I suppose this is the reality of living with cancer. I will stay positive and I'm sure I will come back stronger"
Former rugby league player Steve Prescott, MBE, has been admitted to hospital after taking part in The Race to the Grand Final. He had to swim, run, cycle and canoe from Hull to Manchester, but it left him with severe stomach pains.
Prescott is being treated for a malfunctioning bowel and is said to be responding well to treatment. He will remain in hospital, under medical observation, for the next day or so.
Former Hull FC star Steve Prescott completes his latest charity endurance challenge, as he canoes to Old Trafford in Manchester. The Rugby League legend is delivering the match ball to the Super League Grand Final having already swam and cycled from Hull to Liverpool.
What makes his challenge so remarkable is that Steve suffers from a rare stomach cancer.
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