Leeds Rhinos fan launches Steve Ward fundraiser
A Leeds Rhinos fan has launched a fundraiser to help pay for treatment for former captain Stevie Ward who was forced to retire at 27 and can only walk 20 minutes a day.
Leeds lad Stevie shocked the sport when he announced his retirement in January this year after two concussions the year before left him with ‘over 11 months of severe symptoms’.
The 6ft 1″ athlete now suffers from daily migraines, head pressure, sensitivity to lights and noise and can only walk for 20 minutes a day.
Nearly a year on from his retirement, Stevie has been undergoing treatment with a private vestibular rehabilitation therapist (VRT) and has been making ‘good progress’.
VRT is a specialised form of therapy intended to alleviate problems caused by vestibular disorders such as vertigo, dizziness, imbalance and falls.
But sadly, he said the treatment was ‘expensive and unsustainable’ and was looking to transfer over to the NHS.
Super-fan Kay Berry said she saw the Instagram post and felt like it ‘didn’t sit right’ and decided to do her bit to help the blue and amber legend.
Responding to the waves of support, Stevie said he was ‘a bit lost for words’ and thanked rugby league fans who rallied together to help him out.
In an Instagram story, he said: “A bit lost for words. A lovely lady saw I was having to transfer my care to the NHS and wanted to help out so I could continue with my current vestibular physio.”
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