It has been revealed that Jack Stevens, son of 1980s Everton legend Gary, has suffered a relapse in his fight against leukaemia.

Jack was diagnosed with the blood cancer last year and a GoFund me effort raised AUD$64,000 to help pay for potentially life-saving treatment.

While the early signs were promising, it is now the case that Jack desperately needs to find a stem cell donor.

Gary and his family have requested that all Evertonians register as a donor in the hope that a match can be found so if you are under 45 in particular (research suggests that younger stem cell donors offer a much better chance of long-term survival but some of the organisations will accept over-45s as donors), you can sign up at wmda.info, DKMS or at anthonynolan.org.

There is also a new GoFundMe page if you would like to donate to Jack's cause.


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Jack Convery
1 Posted 15/09/2021 at 20:58:00
I have shared this story on social media. Unfortunately I am to old to help on the stem cell side but hopefully others will register. I hope others share this on their social media and someone comes forward to help Jack. I wish Jack, Gary and all their family the best of fortune.
David Pearl
2 Posted 16/09/2021 at 19:34:04
I can't remember how long ago the initial request for donors was but l signed up at that time and still have the card in my wallet. You get sent a swab to return to them and your details are then held on file. Of course l am older than the 45 now but it would be good for more blues to follow the link and help if you can
Lyndon Lloyd
3 Posted 20/09/2021 at 20:08:55
A couple of the stem cell banks will take over-45s who are in good health. DKMS is one of them and there was one other (the name escapes me) that would accept registrants over 45 with a donation to cover costs.
Derek Knox
4 Posted 25/09/2021 at 05:58:05
This devastating disease, or any disease for that matter, is a bitter pill to swallow at any time, but when it affects a child, it is even more heart-wrenching, someone who is just starting out in life, and that happens.

Life can be so unfair at times, while you get some really 'bad eggs' that seem to sail through life unscathed, leaving a trail of misery for others in their wake. I wish Gary and his family and of course Jack every good wish, and hope that he/they combats this Demon.

Danny O’Neill
5 Posted 25/09/2021 at 07:10:37
You know my thoughts & experiences Derek, but nothing can describe how it must feel when this awful disease strikes a child. At least we've lived our lives.

All the more incentive to get your donation fund topped up at the Bramley Moore today.

I must have missed the link on this one, but I will donate to Jack's cause.

Kevin O'Regan
6 Posted 13/10/2021 at 13:48:58
I'm picking up a bit late on this news but Gary Steven's young 4-year-old boy is badly in need of a stem cell donor. Jack's life (and many others) depends on people registering with a swab at the DKMS UK (or whereever you are - those registrys are internationally networked).

I had the priviledge of being able to save a life 11 years ago and it's like winning the lottery (for yourself and someone else).

So, even if the EFC official event is over, you can simply and easily register with your local organisation and help save someone's life. Some things are simply more important than football.

Thanks all.

https://www.dkms.org.uk/get-involved/become-a-donor

https://www.evertonfc.com/news/2275480


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