Beloved and gentle husband, daddy, son, brother, friend, co-worker and neighbor who battled brain cancer
-- a glioblastoma in the brain stem that we call Spot. That Damm Spot was released with Steve's peaceful passing on September 7, 2009.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Head for the Cure 5K
A few weeks ago, a volunteer with theHeadfortheCure Foundation contacted me. She had heard and read about Steve, and she asked if I would put a 5K team together in his memory.
Of course I answered, "Yes!" What a great way to pull the Run for Steve team back together, add new runners and walkers to the team, and raise money for brain tumor research at M.D. Anderson, where Steve received treatment. And what an appropriate way to honor Steve's memory -- with a sport he loved and the hope for a curefor those cursed brain tumors.
Forty-one of us have already registered forthe race, scheduled for8 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Frisco Square. Isn't that awesome?!
I'd like to invite you and your family members to join us on the course -- as runners or walkers (or a little of both) or as supporters along the way. I'll be in touch with team members about T-shirts (if you don't already have a Run for Steve shirt) and a meeting place the day of the race.
If you can't or don't want to come out to the race, you can donate money instead. Money will benefit the Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative at M.D. Anderson.
Or, if you can't make it to the race and can't donate right now, you can send good thoughts and prayers to team members.
Whatever your level and ability to participate (see the details below), please know that our family continues to feel the love from an amazing community -- the incredible group of friends and family members who supported us during Steve's cancer battle, during the immediate days after his death and still today, as our family continues to grieve and adjust to life without Steve here on earth.
Our team goal is $1,000. We've already raised $300 thanks to generous friends. Thank you!
Will and Steve after a Dallas Half Marathon (I see this photo in the kitchen every morning. It inspires me to keep setting and working toward goals. It reminds me of the power of friendship. And it makes me smile, even when it makes me cry.)
Listen to the beautiful memorial service in celebration of the life of Steve. I'm gradually posting excerpts (plus some family photos) in increments of 10 minutes or less.
Part 1 (includes "In This Room") Part 2 (includes "Safe Within Your Arms") Part 3 (includes children's time) Part 4 ("It Is Well With My Soul") Part 5 (includes Will's remarks) Part 6 (Will's remarks continued, "Order My Steps") Part 7 (Jim's remarks) Part 8 (includes Betty reading Tyra's remarks) Part 9 (Betty reading Tyra's remarks, continued)
To honor the life of Steve Damm, donations may be made to Holy Covenant United Methodist Church , 1901 E. Peters Colony, Carrollton, Texas 75007. Scholarship gifts for Cooper and Katie may be sent to The Steve Damm Fund, First National Bank Southwest, P.O. Box 1746, Frisco, Texas 75034.