A man who has faced two different types of cancer is calling for support for his quest to use old phones to combat the disease.
Steve Fowler started the ‘Phone For A Cure’ appeal after he was diagnosed with skin cancer and then prostate cancer.
Now the dad-of-three is determined to support research to find a breakthrough for other sufferers, especially children.
He said: “I feel like there are people with more severe, aggressive forms and I want to do my bit towards raising some funds for cancer research.”
The 52-year-old was diagnosed with skin cancer two years ago after he had some skin removed from his back.
That removed all the cancer and he was under the care of a specialist afterwards.
Then just over a year ago, Mr Fowler was told he had prostate cancer.
He said he was not surprised to be diagnosed and was offered three options – to have his prostate removed, to have a treatment involving radioactive seeds being planted into his prostate or to go onto ‘active surveillance’ where his cancer is simply monitored regularly.
“If the cancer is growing slowly, I would rather wait and find out,” he said.
“I’d rather wait and see than go for something so severe.”
But his experiences made him think about the disease and start his quest to ensure better treatments and a cure for cancer are eventually found.
“We are living in tough times and not everyone has the cash to give to charities,” said Steve, from Farsley, Leeds.
“People do have old mobile phones that have got quite a bit of value to them.”
So he came up with the idea of starting an appeal to collect old mobile phones, selling them for cash and giving the proceeds to Cancer Research UK.
“There’s not many people who are trying to collect mobile phones specifically for a charity.
“These phones are never going to be used again and they could be worth millions of pounds.”
Any unwanted mobile phones could help raise much needed cash for research into cancer.
Steve Fowler will swap the phones for cash at high-street shops and donate 100 per cent of the money to Cancer Research UK via his online giving page.
Contact him via 07538 594362.
Or alternatively post or deliver phones to 22 The Gardens, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5HW.
You can also follow Steve online at social network site Facebook via: www.facebook.com/phoneforacure
Or to donate the proceeds direct, log on to: www.justgiving.com/phoneforacure
Supporters can also donate via text message by texting PFAC88 followed by the amount you’d like to donate and then sending it to 70070.