A man from the UK who has been diagnosed with the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma, has raised thousands of dollars to aid research into mesothelioma research, and is being helped in his quest to raise more money by a group of musician friends who claim that it was him that first gave them the confidence to perform in public.

Steve Lee from the UK has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and has been dedicating his time to supporting the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund. He was diagnosed with the cancer two years ago, and is aged sixty three.

The band that his helping him raise money is the Red Hot Bagels, based in Reading. Their debut album, Big Bang, has now gone on sale, with proceeds going towards research into mesothelioma. One band member said: “We recorded the album around the time Steve told people he had the disease, so selling it for his charity seemed the obvious thing to do.”

Mr Lee stated: “I was most flattered and delighted when they told me what they were doing. It was in March on the day I was going into hospital to have fluid removed from my lungs.”

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