This is my son Steve’s story.

When Steve was 4 years old, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. We brought him over from New Zealand to be treated at the Royal children’s hospital. He was cured.

Steve was a hard worker, the best son ever. It was while he was doing a trip around Australia in 2018 that he began to feel unwell. He returned to Melbourne in 2019 and then Covid hit.

Eventually we convinced him to go to the doctor. All tests came back clear including his bowel test, but he still wasn’t feeling well so we told him to go the hospital.

Ten hours later he was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer and there was nothing they could do.

He, being stubborn, told them to ‘F-off’ as he wasn’t going anywhere.

He was admitted to a different hospital and commenced treatment.

I don’t know what it was, but it was the most powerful he could have.

He never complained the whole 7 months he was sick, he just got on with the treatment. But sometimes he told the doctors that they were doing something wrong.

Steve was 42 when he passed away, on the 19th of January 2021.

Before he died, his passion and determination were to get the message out there to get tested.

We all got tested.

He was so passionate about this he told us to tell anyone, no matter where we were.

That is why I am telling his story - to get people to realise this isn’t an old person’s disease. It can hit anyone at any age.

He would be so happy to know I am telling his story, so the message gets out there.

Please, put Steve’s story out there to get this message across about this silent killer.

He was loved by so many people and will be smiling away knowing I have told his story.

We so desperately need to get his story across to everyone to make people realise this is a serious disease and if caught early it can be treated.

Rest in Peace our beautiful son, brother, uncle, nephew, and cousin.

Please make donations to Bowel Cancer Australia in Steve’s name.

He will be saying, “Mum, you got this. Proud of you.”