His attitude to living with cancer has captured the attention of national TV and radio producers.
Now former Wolverhampton City Council building surveyor Steve Evans has found himself drawing strength from sharing his experience with more than 17,000 people online.
The 52-year-old has stomach cancer and has now decided to stop having major treatment in order to be more comfortable at home. As well as a 32-year career in his day job with the council, he also spent more than a decade working at Wolverhampton’s Civic Halls, including looking after some of the big-name stars who perform there.
He is also a magician and comedian in his own right.
Steve retired from the council last year after his diagnosis.
But he continues to work whenever he is able, helping to escort disabled people visiting the Civic Halls for gigs.
And as long as he is well enough, he intends to go to Surrey next week where he is delivering a lecture for magicians.
Steve, of Old Fallings Lane, has been gaining national attention in recent months after becoming an occasional contributor to Richard Bacon’s show on Radio Five Live.
The former Blue Peter presenter has also been to visit Steve when he was in hospital.
The radio appearances have led to Steve being interviewed three times on BBC One’s Breakfast show about issues such as the cost and availability of cancer treatment. That has resulted in more than 17,000 people seeking him out on Twitter and Steve now exchanges regular messages with strangers, including others suffering from cancer who have drawn inspiration.
The father of two is now enjoying spending time with daughters Megan, aged 25, and Lauren, 20, as well as his wife of 28 years, Septina. He said: “It’s all been a bit humbling that so many people have taken an interest in me. I’ve never really been someone who knew how the media worked so I didn’t know what it meant to go up 17,000 followers on Twitter.
“I’m just someone who used to work for the council.
“I’m just doing what I do. But people have shown they value me and I really value them.”
Steve describes what he is going through as a ‘journey’ and says he has accepted ‘the end of the journey is not too far away’. When he refers to his treatment he says ‘we’ rather than ‘I’ in order to emphasise that his family and his doctor have been involved in the decisions.
“We aren’t going to have any more aggressive treatment now,” he said. “It could be a week, a month or six months, I just don’t know. The only way to live is to not give up. So that’s what I will do.”