STRIVE FOR FIVE was set up by Steve Clark and his friends to celebrate him approaching the magic 5-year mark since being diagnosed with advanced (stage 4) bowel cancer.

Now that he’s smashed that, the objectives of STRIVE FOR FIVE are:

  • To raise awareness of bowel cancer
  • To give hope to people with advanced bowel cancer
  • To raise funds for the charity Bowel Cancer UK

Steve wants STRIVE FOR FIVE to show the world that bowel cancer can be successfully treated and that people with advanced bowel cancer can lead fulfilling and fun-filled lives.

STRIVE FOR FIVE has reached hundreds of thousands of people with this message of hope via radio interviews, presentations, this website, fundraising events and social media (over 250,000 hits on Twitter alone).

STRIVE FOR FIVE has raised over £30,000 for Bowel Cancer UK . Thank you to everyone who’s helped and supported so far – there’s more to come!

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Steve’s Story

In June 2018 Steve celebrated his fifth anniversary since being diagnosed with Stage 4 (advanced) Bowel Cancer, this is a significant milestone as only 7% of people with this diagnosis survive to 5 years.

Since his diagnosis he’s not only taken the disease on, but has also been active in helping others with bowel cancer. Steve volunteers for the charity Bowel Cancer UK as a Patient Voice, Forum Moderator, Campaigner and Fundraiser. He hopes that sharing his story can help others tackle this disease positively.

We’ve recently added some videos of Steve telling his story to Alexandra Legouix, we hope you’ll find these uplifting, you can find them on the ‘Steve’s Story’ page and our YouTube channel here.


Additionally, Steve was recently interviewed for the Mindset Unfiltered podcast to discuss how a positive approach has helped through his cancer, from diagnosis to smashing the 6-year survival. You can listen to the podcasts (episodes 4,5 and 6) HERE

The Charity –  Bowel Cancer UK

All fundraising is for the charity BOWEL CANCER UK.

This is a small but amazing organisation that does so much good work to help people like Steve on their bowel cancer journey.

BOWEL CANCER UK is the UK’s leading bowel cancer charity. They’re determined to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer. The BOWEL CANCER UK vision is a future where nobody dies of the disease.

BOWEL CANCER UK is the support and campaigning charity for everyone affected by bowel cancer.

  • Providing practical and emotional support for the growing number of people affected by bowel cancer
  • Promoting early diagnosis of bowel cancer
  • Campaigning for the highest quality treatment and care for bowel cancer patients
  • Funding research to improve diagnosis and care of people with bowel cancer


Podcasts on How a Positive Mindset has helped Steve’s Cancer Journey

As part of Mindset Unfiltered, Alex Legouix talks with Steve Clark about how his positive approach has helped him cope with having advanced bowel cancer and has got him through several operations and six years of chemo (so far).

Steve is living a full and fun life as well as devoting much of his time to helping others with this disease.

There was so much to share that it’s formed three episodes and is definitely worth a listen if you or a loved one are facing cancer, or if you’d like to hear a truly uplifting story of how a positive approach to life can make all the difference.

Alex asks Steve about how a positive approach has helped him at all points.

  • Coming to terms with the Stage 4 diagnosis
  • Handling major surgery and over 6 years of chemotherapy
  • How a change of mindset made all the difference to how he handled chemo
  • What survival stats and prognosis estimates actually mean to us as individuals
  • Survivor guilt and how this is a driver for Steve
  • Relationships
  • and living life to the full!

Take a look at episodes 4, 5 and 6 on the link to the right or via your usual podcat route by searching for ‘Mindset Unfiltered.

Communique Award

Steve has been presented a lifetime achievement award at the prestigious Communique Awards.

The HEALTHCARE COMMUNICATIONS ADVOCATE award is presented “to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution through healthcare communication throughout their career”. This is in recognition of Steve’s professional achievements as well as Strive for Five.

The citations for this award are on the link to the right.

Bowel Cancer UK podcast

Steve was invited onto the charity’s podcast on CHEMOTHERAPY as an ‘expert patient’. In this episode, the BBC’s George Alagiah interviewed Steve and Professor Mark Saunders from the Christie Hospital.

This is a great series and well worth a listen by clicking the link to the right or via your usual podcast route by searching for ‘Bowel Cancer UK’.


Steve has been invited to be a patient advisor on the ACCELERATOR study. This exciting new approach to research in advanced colorectal cancer has the potential to make a big difference in the future, Steve is honoured to be part of this at such an early stage.

BCUK Patient Forum

Steve volunteers as a moderator on the Bowel Cancer UK online forum, he posts there as ‘Bear G’ to offer help and support to his fellow patients.

He has passed the 5,000 posts landmark!

The forum is a great place for support from patients, relatives and friends and is a ‘safe’ and positive place as it is moderated by volunteers


You can keep up to date with all the fun and successes of STRIVE FOR FIVE on Twitter and Facebook.

Get Involved

Find out how you can donate, participate and support STRIVE FOR FIVE.



simply couldn’t happen without the help and support of so many wonderful people and organisations who have freely given time and resources to make this all happen. Steve would like to say a warm and deep felt thank you to everyone who has been involved at all stages:

Lovely Companies:

M&F Health – Communications

Grace Comms – Concept Design

OPEN Health – Website design

The Marlow Club

Alto Lounge, Caversham

Nomad Bakery, Caversham

The Walnut Tree, Bourne End

Lovely People:

Alexandra Legouix, Jocelyn Keen, Tony Saunders, Arooj Urwin, Caroleee Leybourne, Anne Jansen, Fran Kelland, Fran Presho, John Clark, Kerena Lines, Martyn Sizer, Michelle Livings, Nikki Kenward, Philippa Cahill, Rachel Brown, Sandy Royden, Steve Munn, Steve Smith, Tracey Henry, Vivien Campbell and Nicola Marie Rivers.