Lee Brown, aged 46 and from Dinnington, Rotherham, was diagnosed with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) in 2016 and has been raising awareness and funds for GIST Cancer UK, a charitable trust aiming to support GIST cancer patients, fund research to improve treatments and find a cure, ever since.
He has documented his health battle and fundraising efforts on a dedicated Facebook page to keep supporters updated on his journey and charity work.
He said: “I referred myself to Weston Park as they have a specialist in GIST, Robin Young, who saved my life and ensures I am always receiving the right advice and treatment.”
Along with Dinnington Town FC, Lee has raised about £18,000 by selling shirts across the world.
He has also worked on other fundraising campaigns to help the vulnerable, raising over £100,000 to date.
His efforts to feed thousands of people during the first coronavirus lockdown.
Lee said: “The fundraising has been a community effort and they have supported me every time I ask. The support helps me massively to keep positive.”
Lee also has an online Just Giving page for people to donate to the cancer charity.
WHAT IS GIST?
GIST is a rare type of cancer developed in the digestive system.
Symptoms include discomfort or pain in the abdomen, bloody stools or vomit, anemia, a painless lump in the abdomen, feeling tired or weak, a high temperature, sweating at night and unexplained weight loss.