A selfless 40-year-old dad from Cornwall who was told he has only months to live has been surprised by hundreds of motorcyclists from all over the UK.
Steve Edwards, of Redruth, was diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in April. Doctors told him the cancer had spread to his liver and that it was incurable, even with palliative chemotherapy treatment.
Despite the heartbreaking news, the motorbike enthusiast embarked on a mission to raise thousands for the NHS. And so far, he has raised £2,824 for the NHS as well as £344 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Steve, who is a member of the 1000cc Motorcycle Club, also wanted to organise a motorcycle ‘ride for heroes’ from Land’s End to John O’Groats, in aid of NHS Charities Together.
And this weekend, hundreds of club members and other bikers travelled to Cornwall to meet him and grant his wish.
Today they met up in Truro before riding on to Portreath.
Steve said: “These guys have been absolutely amazing. They came by my house last night, to surprise me.
“I pulled up in Truro just to follow in this morning and there was more bikes there than I thought there would be all day. To have all these guys turn out is mindblowing.”
He explained that the support that the motorcyclists showed means a lot to him.
“It’s amazing, it’s more than I could ever ask for,” he said. “I’m just the guy next door. I’m not better than anybody else, I go along quietly, I live for my family and friends.
“Psychologically, to have them around me, allows me to lead as normal a life as I can at the moment. There’s a lot of people here that I don’t know. Everybody is there for each other. It is a community and without it my situation could be completely different.
“I know I have my family and my friends, but it is harder for them. They have to deal with me as well as what’s going on. So to have people that I know I can turn to is massive, absolutely massive.”
Steve has now a new scan scheduled next month.
He said: “Unfortunately my liver is in a bit of a mess. I’ve got a scan in six weeks, which will hopefully show some kind of improvement. But it’s hard. It’s hard.
“At the moment, I’m being treated with the best care I possibly can be and everybody in the NHS has done absolutely everything they can and you can’t ask for any more.”
To donate to Steve’s fundraiser for the NHS, click here.
Source: Cornwall Live by Charlotte Becquart