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Family And Friends Run 49 Miles For Barnsley Man

Thursday May 2 2013

We Are Barnsley We Are Barnsley

A MAN from Mapplewell who returned from work with a headache died from an inoperable brain tumour.

Steven Long died aged 49 two days before Christmas, and his family and friends have taken to the treadmills to run 49 miles in his memory.

His step daughter Sarah Mason-Mara decided to take on the challenge after his death and along with other budding runners, they have raised almost £700 for Barnsley Hospice, where Steven was treated.

Steven's wife Gill, 56, of New Street, Mapplewell, said they had been together for more than 20 years and married at Ardsley House following his diagnosis in March last year.

"He had never been ill in his life, he had come home from work with a headache that's all," she said.

Following a CT scan, doctors found a golf ball-sized lump on Steven's brain.

"My world just fell apart and I couldn't believe what I was hearing," she added.

Steven was diagnosed with glioblastoma and was given radiotherapy and chemotherapy to prolong his life.

He was given treatment at Barnsley Hospice and Gill said he was well looked after - she thought he would be home for Christmas.

"They were so fantastic there I couldn't have wished for anywhere better for him," she said.

Steven's god daughter Natasha Cooper, has asked to hold a non-uniform day at Darton ALC after the Easter break. Gill said they're hoping the money raised from it will take the total to more than £1,000 for the hospice.

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Reply Posted by gaynor on Thursday May 2 2013 at 14:18
I think this is the gent who worked with my husband. Such a tragic story, an hard working family man taken too soon. My heart goes out to his family and may he rest in peace x

Reply Posted by Jeff on Thursday May 2 2013 at 17:01
So very sad. Can I ask, was Steven originally from Worsborough?