Teen ‘wants to make his dad proud’ after he died aged just 39

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A teenager son who lost his dad to a rare form of cancer has said he is "determined" to carry on his legacy and still wants to "make him proud."

In 2006, dad-of-two Steve Prescott was diagnosed with a rare form of abdominal cancer, Pseudomyxoma Peritonei and was given months to live.

Steve, who played Rugby League for St Helens, Wakefield, Hull Fc, Great Britain and Ireland, tackled the disease head on and was awarded the MBE in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to rugby league and charity.

But in 2013, after pioneering the worlds first multi visceral transplant operation, Steve died cancer free at the age of 39.

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The 32 hour operation was a success, but weeks later Steve was struck by a graft versus host disease.

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Steve's son Taylor, 19, said he still thinks about his dad every day and that his "bravery" has pushed him to keep his dad's memory alive.

Taylor told the ECHO: " It’s hard. I think about my dad every day, and most times of the day to be honest.

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"It’s one of those things that happen that you can’t change now and you couldn’t change eight years ago.

"But we all want to keep his legacy alive. He inspired so many people when he was here so we want to keep everything alive and positive really.

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Rugby league great Steve took on a series of incredible challenges after being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2006 and despite being given just months to live, Steve set up the Steve Prescott Foundation to raise funds for The Christie cancer hospital and the RFL Benevolent Fund.

His legacy has continued through his amazing family, committee and ambassadors who are now approaching the £2 million mark in donations.

Rugby League legend Steve Prescott with his two sons Taylor and Koby

Taylor said: " I'm proud of what he achieved when he was here.

"I hope he’s proud of me now. I hope he’s as proud of me as I am of him.

"My dad got people running, and The Steve Prescott Foundation has got a lot of people active and I’m very proud of that.

“Obviously I’m going to want to carry his legacy on so everybody else is still inspired by what he did.”

“I know what he did when he was here and how brave he was. How he pushed through everything that went against him. That pushes me through and having him in my thoughts will push me through my next challenge."

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Taylor conquered Everest Base Camp at the age of 15 and last year ran seven ultra marathons in seven days – and is now about to embark on his latest challenge.

This weekend, the 19-year-old will attempt to run 100 miles in just 48 hours – day and night – for the Steve Prescott Foundation.

With all the charity's major events curtailed by covid last year, Taylor said he is desperate to ensure the charities provided for by the Foundation continue to receive funding to help save lives.

Taylor said: "I was trying to think of a challenge that is tougher than anything I have done previously, and this is as close as I could get.

"I definitely think this is going to be the toughest challenge I have taken on. It will be tougher than last year’s seven ultras in seven days, it is definitely going to be challenging and I am going to need as much support as I can get.

Steve Prescott MBE on the bridge leading into Sarlat La Caneda South of France. His son, Taylor, recreated the photo ten years later

"I think the hardest moments will be the graveyard shifts through the night. I’ve had a lot of people supporting me and offering to run the night shifts with me so that is very helpful as well."

Taylor’s challenge will be backed by elite St Helens athlete Matt Crehan and his shop “Made to Run”, with further support from local businesses Croppers Bakery, Paramount Digital, Imperial Quarter, Handepay, Creative Concrete, Cleanhire and Fleetsmart.

The #100in48 bid will see Taylor run 100 miles in 16 blocks of 10kms, day and night from May 14 to 16, with the public invited to join in groups of five.

The #100in48 will start at Ruskin Sports and Leisure at 7pm this Friday, May 14. To find out more click here.

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