Lending a Helping Hand – Central Coast/Tuggerah Lakes
Neville Glover (Tuggerah Lakes) and Lance Henry (Central Coast) recently spent time with Steve and Dale Grant at their home in Wyong.
If there was ever an example of a person, who lives in the face of adversity, with a can-do attitude, perseverance, dignity and a love of rugby league then Steve Grant is one. Steve and his wife Dale are big rugby league fans. Steve has been a Storm supporter since their formation and Dale a life-long Eels supporter.
In October 2018, Steve was diagnosed with a grade-4 tumour on the left side of his brain. Over the past two years, he has had multiple rounds of treatment including chemotherapy, radiation and over the past year, fortnightly infusions of Avastin. In September 2018, he lost the use of his left arm as a result of the tumour and his left leg was significantly impaired following previous brain surgeries. He has been unable to drive since that time, impacting his level of independence.
Prior to September 2018, Steve was a member of the local Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA), he is someone that has always looked to give back to his community. The Mark Hughes Foundation is close to Steve’s heart and for his birthday last year, Steve created a fundraiser and encouraged friends and family to donate, raising over $3,500. He also participated in the Cure Brain Cancer Foundations Walk-in Parramatta last November, raising even more funds for research.
In July 2020, when Steve had his regular MRI and check-up, it was revealed that a new tumour had developed on the right side of his brain. Despite this, and the pain, ongoing effects of treatment and short-term memory loss, Steve continues to maintain and project a positive attitude. Steve has the support of an incredible medical team and they, along with Dale, are now focussed on keeping Steve comfortable, while continuing with the fortnightly Avastin for as long as he is able. Even in the face of the final stages of his terminal illness, Steve and Dale are finding ways to make happy memories and to share joy and laughter in each day.
One of the experiences Steve wanted was to attend a live Parramatta Eels vs Melbourne Storm game with his Eels supporting wife. The Men of League Foundation were able to obtain tickets to a recent match between the two teams at Bankwest Stadium. Steve was grateful to see his Storm boys again and have that experience (despite the score).
The Melbourne Storm as a club have been an incredible source of support and inspiration to Steve. After attending their game against South Sydney at Central Coast Stadium in August 2019, the club have maintained contact through Frank Ponissi and sent regular messages of encouragement and support. Frank also arranged for Steve to attend the Storm v Manly game at Brookvale Oval in late 2019. After the game, they took Steve into the dressing rooms and included him in the circle for the team song – a huge highlight.
Dale indicated that the joy that the Storm have added to Steve’s life, is one that you cannot put a price on. Dale cannot thank Frank, Craig Bellamy, Cameron Smith, the players and the support staff at the club enough. Dale indicated that the visit is a wonderful example of what the Foundation and NRL clubs can do when they work together to support those in need.