In 2005, Steve was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his intestines and liver. Immediate surgery removed the cancer in his intestines but oncologists told him there was no treatment or cure for the dozen neuroendocrine tumors that covered his liver and was given a worst case scenario of five years to live.
Upon being diagnosed, Steve decided to dedicate himself to reaching his longtime dream of performing on The Late Show with David Letterman. Steve’s inspiring story of battling cancer while trying to reach his ultimate dream of performing on The Late Show with David Letterman lead to an award-winning documentary entitled “Dying to Do Letterman,” which aired country-wide and is available on iTunes and Amazon.
Steve has also appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Bob & Tom Radio Show, Sirius/XM Radio and more. He has given two TED talks detailing his experiences battling cancer to chase his dreams, entitled “It’s Never Too Late to Chase Your Dreams” and “The Power of Laughter.” Steve won an Emmy award for his writing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Of all the performances Steve has done, he is most proud of his eight trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to perform for our troops. Thirteen years after his diagnosis, Steve likes to think that he’s been too busy chasing all of his dreams for cancer to catch up with him.
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