Everton legend Gary Stevens’ four-year-old son Jack has tragically passed away following a battle with leukaemia. The young boy was in nee
Everton legend Gary Stevens’ four-year-old son Jack has tragically passed away following a battle with leukaemia.
The young boy was in need of a stem cell donor and Everton had opened Goodison Park to swabbing events hosted by blood cancer charity DKMS as they looked to find potential matches.
Jack faced a relapse 18 months after his original diagnosis and Stephens admitted six weeks ago that they were facing a race against time.
And it has sadly now been confirmed that the boy has passed away.
“Our thoughts are with Gary and his family at this incredibly sad time.”
Everton released a statement which read: “Everyone at Everton is deeply saddened to learn that Gary Stevens’ four-year-old son, Jack, has passed away following his courageous battle with leukaemia.
Previously calling for people to be swabbed at Goddison Park, Stevens said: “Imagine having the power to save someone’s life?
“If you like the idea of having that power, please get yourself down to Goodison and support the event.
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“You can have a simple mouth swab, register within five minutes and you may find yourself saving somebody’s life on the other side of the world.
“It’s been a tough few years’ for the Stevens’ family, with my little boy having a rare leukaemia.
“The support that we have had all the way through this difficult time has been very comforting, and it might be that it’s a little too late to save Jack.
“However, there are little kids all over the world who are desperately in need of a match for their stem cells, and I know that Evertonians will get behind this event, so please give your time and you might find yourself a superhero!”