A FOOTBALL coach who has inspired people with his positive attitude while battling cancer was surprised with a secret bash.
Steve Adams, who played for Doncaster Rovers in the 1980s, knew nothing of the reception while he worked at the amputee football game at the Derek Dooley Football Academy where he is head coach yesterday.
But afterwards friends, family, players and colleagues raised a glass to recognise how well the 52-year-old had done since being diagnosed with renal cancer.
Dad Steve, of Handsworth, said: “I was a bit surprised, I only came down to do a bit of work. It was overwhelming.
“It’s nothing really, people go through far worse than I have.
“I want to say thanks for all the support I’ve had from everybody.”
Well known Steve was diagnosed with cancer in January and had a kidney removed the next month.
The latest scan showed the cancer is stable.
And doctors have partly credited that to Steve’s fitness and strong immune system.
Despite the diagnosis he has kept all of his commitments and continued training.
Steve even raised £1,200 for cancer research by taking part in the Chase4Life event at Weston Park in June.
His proud partner Helen Moxon has kept many friends informed of his progress with an email newsletter.
She said: “Steve has just carried on, he’s not let it get him down at all.
“Unless he told you he had cancer, you wouldn’t know.”
Tony Barrington - chairman of the academy which provides disability and amputee football for players from across the north - organised the reception.
Steve believed it was a small do for players in the game between north and south amputee football players.
The England amputee squad also attended the day.
He said: “It was a shock to everybody that Steve had got this cancer - he had about 80 emails from people wishing him well.
“He is such a wonderful person and everybody loves him.
“This was just to recognise how well he has done.”