Chislehurst musician writes World Cup song to extend his life

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 May 2014

Steve Dawson, who has written the world cup song, with his wife Donna.

Steve Dawson, who has written the world cup song, with his wife Donna.


A professional musician has written a World Cup song in the hope of extending his life and raising money to fund research into cancer.

Steve Dawson, 55, of Chislehurst, is suffering from glioblastoma multiforme grade IV, a terminal brain tumour which has grown above his ear.

The trumpet player and father of two has undergone chemotherapy, radiotherapy and two bouts of surgery.

It was before his last operation that he came up with the idea to write the World Cup song, despite pressure from the tumour meaning he could not hear.

Steve was able to write his ideas down, but could not listen to what was played.

His wife Donna said: “He started writing it, I helped him. He just got this urge to go into the studio and do it.

“It’s amazing that the song came together because he couldn’t tell us what he wanted. He said he really wanted to do something for brain cancer charities because they don’t get much money. They desperately need it because they need to discover where these aggressive tumours are coming from and what can we do to stop them.”

Following surgery Steve’s hearing was restored slightly and listening to the song for the first time, he said: “I need to fix the bassline.”

As well as donating money to charities helping brain tumour sufferers, Donna hopes that proceeds from the song will be enough to purchase the life-lengthening drug Avastin, which is not available on the NHS.

“We are not looking for a cure, there is no such thing at the moment.

“We are just trying to keep him alive as long as possible without infringing on his quality of life,” Donna said.

She said it costs £2,500 for one cycle of Avastin and at least three are needed before they can tell if it is working.

There are also nursing costs to consider and Steve’s family aim to raise at least £11,000.

“What I’m hoping for is that the World Cup song will be picked up and sold,” she said.

“It’s trying to get it into the right hands and to the right people.”

Donna said that writing the song had been a meaningful experience for the couple, who met in 1979 when they performed in the same big band.

Several musicians banded together to help Steve with the song and Donna said that due to his good nature, people were happy to support it.

“A lot of people really love him and think the world of him and respect his work and respect his music.

“We know what he’s done, we know what he’s accomplished, but he’s always given back a lot.

“If Steve’s World Cup Song could help unite and uplift people, while raising funds to extend his life and the lives of many other brain cancer patients, it would be a dream come true.”

To listen to Steve’s song visit

His family respectfully request that people who like the song donate to his cause.

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