Although Steve has always had an interest in philanthropy, his first major effort happened recently when he joined a close friend’s event—the Pan-Mass Challenge, which raises money for lifesaving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
With Steve’s partnership, a sub event of the Pan-Mass Challenge was created called Art of the Ride—a philanthropic vehicle for artists and art collectors to support its mission.
While Steve found fulfillment in the success of this event, his symptoms persisted. After seeking a second opinion, he was found to have a brain tumor which was initially thought to be inoperable.He underwent a biopsy of the tumor at Massachusetts General Hospital and the results were, unfortunately, a diagnosis of glioblastoma, and he began treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Despite lengthy treatments of radiation and chemotherapy in Boston, Steve was found to have tumor progression/recurrence. He was referred to UCLA to undergo surgery by world-renowned neurosurgeon-scientist, Dr. Liau and enroll in a new clinical trial only available at UCLA. Dr. Liau is recognized for her surgical skills, as well as her achievements in understanding the immunology of malignant brain tumors and pioneering the use of dendritic cell-based vaccines for glioblastoma.