Gary Stevens says “life feels very fragile” as three-year-old son Jack waits for a stem cell donor match after his diagnosis with juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia, a rare form of blood cancer, in May.
Stevens, a buccaneering right-back in Howard Kendall’s imperious mid-1980s Everton team, is urging people to register as stem cell donors, so there is more chance “for people like our little boy”.
The 57-year-old lives in Australia with wife Louise and the couple's three sons; Jack, Oliver, who is six, and 10-year-old Joshua.
Jack is undergoing chemotherapy at Perth Children’s Hospital.
Stevens has reduced his hours as a physiotherapist, with Louise stopping work altogether, to care for the three boys and ensure Jack always has one parent by his side.
The Stevens family GoFundMe page, created by Louise’s sister, Julie, is raising funds to “keep them going and allow for any needed travel for treatment and living costs”.
“Jack is going through some terrible treatment and has been very ill,” said Stevens.”
“My wife has had to give up work and I have had to reduce my hours as a physio.
“So we have a GoFundMe page to try to help us get by and the response has been amazing.
"All over the world there is a register of willing stem cell donors.