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. 

Brave young Steven with his mom, Denise, during his first hospital stay in St. Louis

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.

Valerie M Sargent, your Blog Hostess


  • Brooke Ashlock  On May 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Hi Valerie,

    I am Brooke Ashlock , we sat together on our Southwest flight from Phoenix to Tulsa on Friday. I just wanted to let you know that you and your family have been on my mind since we departed the airport. I hope that in the coming months you and your family will be able to heal and move on in life with the sweet memories of an awesome young man that warmed the hearts of many , and that his will to live can inspire many to keep fighting a good fight and kick cancers ass. I felt so bad for you , I know the pain your family is going through and wanted to wish you all well and let you know that , you inspired me to remember my cousin Blake Bertie as the sweet little girl she was and not what cancer did to her little body. I hope you don’t find this strange in my contacting you ,but I felt compelled to do so as you explained Steven with such love and affection for him , I could not stop thinking about the love you have for Steven… you showed strangers a love that sometimes can not be explained. I hope you are well and please take care.

    • teamsteven  On May 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm

      Brooke, what a nice surprise that was to log on here today and get your nice comment. You and Brian were so sweet on the plane as I had my little moments of crying, wishing I could have made it home in time to see our sweet warrior one last time. I am touched that his story stayed with you and reminded you of your darling little cousin. As you remember her sweetness, we remember Steven’s smile … his service was today, and we got to look back upon his life and let him go. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. It is much appreciated. It’s funny – you reminded me of Denise’s sister, Dena, who also has a big heart … it was comforting to sit next to you on the plane for that reason. Thanks again for reaching out, and I hope you are well, too. Take good care.

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