My husband, Steve…

Steven the Healing Helper

Hi, I’m Beth. My husband, Steven, and I invite you to join us in the fight for his life.

Steven, the Healing Helper
Steve has dedicated his life to helping others. As an Acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine practitioner, his goal has been to help his patients find relief and overall wellness. Even those who couldn’t always afford treatment – Steve tries to work with them to find ways to still get treated. Steven loves his patients. It’s been a dream come true for him to help people. One of his biggest concerns as he fights against cancer is how to still help others, and he plans to continue practicing as much as he can while saving his own life.

Steven has Cancer
On July 5th, 2016, Steven and I got the news. After feeling a little sick, and going to the doctor for tests, it came back as Colon Cancer. Further testing revealed it’s Stage 4. That took a few days to digest. After a lot of tears, fear, and confusion, once we absorbed that news, it was time to come up with a plan. We aren’t the kind of people to sit around and wait for something, we make it happen. So here we are, making it happen.

The Plan
Steven plans to beat the odds. To conquer cancer. As an alternative medicine practitioner, it shouldn’t be a surprise that he plans to seek alternative therapies with a compliment of traditional medicine. Unfortunately, cancer treatment in any form isn’t cheap, and since we are in the health care field ourselves – and we’re fairly young (he’s only 43!) and healthy – we didn’t have insurance and the bills are piling up quickly.

To provide the best support financially, and emotionally, Steven and I will be closing the clinic we’ve built from scratch and the home we’ve made in Arizona, and moving back to Washington State where his family is. This also puts us much closer to Seattle’s cancer treatment centers, some of the best in the country.

The doctors in AZ have painted a pretty grim outlook, with only an 11% chance if he goes through traditional chemo and radiation therapy. With his own background and knowledge, we feel his odds are better with the help of alternative therapies. So he will be getting intensive treatment from the CHIPSA Hospital for Cancer Treatment (Gerson Institute) in Mexico. Steven plans to be an active warrior in his fight against cancer. He’ll need an army to help him out along the way.

How you can help
Your donations will go directly to the cost of treatments, travel, and our move back to Washington. Since the diagnosis is so new, and we’re fast-tracking our plans (because cancer won’t wait), we aren’t sure exactly what the costs will be yet. We’ll keep you updated on how your donations are being used and what other expenses pop up.

And if you can’t make a monetary donation at this time, thanks for reading this far!

If you could share this to your Facebook, twitter, and other social media outlets to help us spread the word, that would be great too.

A little more about Steve
Steven is a phenomenal human being. Not just because he’s my husband, he’s also a loving son and brother, really great friend, and an animal lover with 4 dogs of our own – including one that is blind, and one with a nuerological disorder. Anyone who has met Steven knows he’s got a kind and generous soul, and is always willing to help others.

The ironic thing about all of this is that before any of this happened, Steven had been proactive in trying to avoid things that might cause cancer. He maintained a healthy lifestyle – had a pretty clean diet, was active in martial arts, trains for Spartan Races, trains in bouldering/rock climbing. But cancer is indiscriminate. So the healthy living is just being amped up even more. This is the fight of his life. Thanks for being part of #StevensCancerWarriors.


  1. Millie Ludwig September 20, 2016 3:05 pm

    I pray every day for Steve I miss your treatments but Mary Spohen does a good job

  2. Jan Ogle September 27, 2016 3:46 pm

    Steve, I too, pray for you and Beth every day. I am afraid I may never find another acupuncturist with the skills you have used in treating my issues. I read Millie Ludwig’s comments, and she mentioned Mary Spohen. Is she in the Surprise area?
    I will continue follow your progress, and keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Love you.

  3. Bill Cross December 6, 2016 5:54 pm

    We just tried to call you to make an appointment and am so sorry to hear about Steve. We will keep him in our prayers.

  4. Dolores December 19, 2016 11:38 am

    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I will also send you qi. I had looked forward to getting a treatment.

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