Steve Taylor with Tony Blower

Thank you cap

In 2012, at the age of 20, Steve Taylor was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma brain tumour.

The grade 4 cancer left Steve and his family devastated, but not without hope. With help from Macmillan Cancer Support and Steve’s GP at Moorfield Surgery putting him in touch with Dr Tony Blower at St Michael’s Hospice, his diagnosis became easier to live with.

Steve’s mum Liz Taylor said, ‘Dr Blower was a godsend, he gave Steve all the time he needed. It was an enormous help both physically and mentally and Steve told me he could not have managed without Tony’s support. When we got confused with all the terminology, Tony took the weight off our shoulders by communicating with the consultants in Birmingham. This helped us understand what was happening.’

Steve was discharged from Tony’s care in March 2015 and is now looking forward to rebuilding his life and continuing with his passion for sport. ‘When I lost my hair, I used to wear a different hat every day and because Tony used to comment on my appearance I thought baking a baseball cap-shaped cake was the most appropriate way of saying thank you. It’s wonderful to know that I won’t ever have to see him as a doctor again, but I really hope I still get the chance to bump into him from time to time.’