Everton legend Gary Stevens’ son passes away after cancer battle.
Everton legend Gary Stevens’ son Jack has died after battling juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia, a rare blood cancer that affects young children.
Everton legend Gary Stevens’ four-year-old son Jack has died.
Jack had been receiving treatment for juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia, a rare blood cancer that affects young children.
With his son having been in need of a stem cell donor, Barrow-in-Furness-born Stevens, 58, had highlighted the issue for several months through support from the Blues.
Gary Stevens Son Death
Everton opened their doors at Goodison Park to swabbing events hosted by blood cancer charity DKMS, to find potential donors to add to the international register.
However, with Jack having suffered a relapse almost 18 months after his initial diagnosis, Stevens, who now lives in Australia with his South African wife Louise and their other sons Joshua and Oliver, admitted just over six weeks’ ago, the family were already facing a race against time.
Encouraging as many people as possible to turn up at Goodison and be swabbed to help children like Jack, Stevens, who won two League Championships, an FA Cup and European Cup-Winners’ Cup with the Blues, said: “Imagine having the power to save someone’s life?
“If you like the idea of having that power, please get yourself down to Goodison and support the event.
“You can have a simple mouth swab, register within five minutes and you may find yourself saving somebody’s life on the other side of the world.
“It’s been a tough few years’ for the Stevens’ family, with my little boy having a rare leukaemia.
The support that we have had all the way through this difficult time has been very comforting, and it might be that it’s a little too late to save Jack.
“However, there are little kids all over the world who are desperately in need of a match for their stem cells, and I know that Evertonians will get behind this event, so please give your time and you might find yourself a superhero!”