Steve Summers: Smiles Against the Odds

13 September 2016 | Smile Train

Steve Summers

53-year-old Steve Summers of Derbyshire recently completed the last leg of four endurance-challenges to raise money for Smile Train. Over the past four months, Steve has finished the Slateman Triathlon, IRONMAN® Bolton, a 13 hour spin session, and The Great North Run.  These incredible feats of endurance are all the more impressive because Steve was told years earlier that he may never walk again. 

At the young age of 25, Steve was involved in a vehicle accident while on duty as a firefighter where he sustained severe injuries to his knee, ankle, and shoulder.  Steve was forced into retirement and told that he may never walk properly again.

Steve has worked hard to overcome his injuries and is now pursuing a career in personal training at the Ripley Leisure Centre. “I decided to set myself with four challenges this year to help Smile Train to give children born with cleft lips and palates second chances at life. After my accident, the doctors told me that I may never be able to walk properly again – twenty-five years later, I still have physical limitations, but I won’t let them stop me from achieving my goals and living life to the fullest,” said Steve.

Smile Train’s Community and Events Fundraising Manager Hannah Weston, commented, “Steve is a remarkable man. I would like to thank him for his phenomenal support and all of the sweat and tears he’s given over the past several months. The money he’s raised will help to give eight children born with clefts, the same chance in life as a children born without clefts.”


If you’d like to learn more about Steve’s challenges or to donate to his cause, please visit his fundraising page . If you’d like to learn more about ways to turn miles into smiles, please visit our Team Empower section. Your support helps children receive new smiles and second chances at life.