Award winner’s courage is inspiration

Diane Doran, of Mansfield Manor presents Conor Steel's uncle David with the Courage Award at the Doncaster Superkids 2014. Picture: Andrew Roe

Diane Doran, of Mansfield Manor presents Conor Steel's uncle David with the Courage Award at the Doncaster Superkids 2014. Picture: Andrew Roe

0
Have your say

The winner of the Courage Award sponsored by Mansfield Manor was presented to another outstanding youngster who was constantly battling to overcome adversity.

Award winner in this category was Connor Steel and the trophy presented by Mansfield Manor director, Diane Doran, was given to his Uncle Dave Brodie who accepted the honour in Connor’s absence.

Connor is a football crazy winner who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of 15. Before his diagnosis he lived for football.

Even after his diagnosis he has turned up every single Sunday morning to support his team – Scawthorpe Scorpions – even managing to get on the field for the odd five minutes here and there.

When it comes to school the winner of the award has only missed classes when he was attending hospital appointments and came out of his GCSE examinations, despite adversity, with two Bs, five Cs and a D.

His parents say he has never moaned, but has just got on with everything that has been thrown at him.

Sadly the winner of the award, who is now 16, suddenly relapsed in September and he is now in the process of a bone marrow transplant.

Connor’s uncle Dave Brodie said: “I feel this is well deserved. Connor is an inspiration to us all. He never complains about his condition, he just gets on with things.”

He added: “Connor never seems to let things get him down. He doesn’t ever see himself as a super kid, just as someone who has a condition. He has said to me and his parents that he sees himself as a 16-year-old who just wants to get better.