Steven Wilson from Bristow, OK was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma on October 15, 2009 at age 17. TEAM STEVEN is a group that was created on Facebook to show support to Steven and his family, with a goal to constantly send him healing thoughts and prayers and to send messages of love and support to the family. Steven continually defied the odds in his fight, and continued to amaze us all with his bravery and will to live, up to the very end.
About me and why I care:
I am Valerie Sargent, and Steven is the teenage son of my sister-in-law, Denise Sargent. Steven was fighting bravely from October through March of this year, when things took a turn for the worse. I have a large network, and these posts are the initial emails I sent out to friends and loved ones to ask for support, healing thoughts and prayers after we received word from Steven’s hospital in St. Louis that there was nothing more they could do, so they were sending him back to Tulsa … essentially to be surrounded by family and to slip away from this world.
What transpired from there was the most courageous and amazing fight displayed by a young boy … a warrior … who had an incredible will to survive. He inspired thousands, so I brought my updates to the blogosphere as we needed a location for online donations. Steven brought so many people together by repeatedly defying odds laid before him, as people cheered him on and rallied behind him. He generated so much love.
This is Steven’s journey. I am but a loving family member who was awed by him every day. His legacy of inspiration continues to live on in the thousands of lives he touched during his fight. R.I.P., sweet Steven.