In 2008, Steve Beard, a long time Waco resident and retired attorney, received the shocking news that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. After a successful surgery, Steve continued on with his active lifestyle, filled with traveling, spending time with his wife Alyce and daughter Stephanie, fishing, church and more. Just three years later, Steve received a second diagnosis, and this time he would be fighting for his life.
In 2011, Steve noticed that he was having trouble swallowing and mentioned the issue to his GI doctor, who scheduled an esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD). The EGD results came back showing Steve had stage IV esophageal cancer. His normal active lifestyle quickly shifted to chemotherapy appointments every other week for four months at MD Anderson.
After extensive treatment and an eight hour surgery, Steve recovered from his diagnosis and now continues to give back by being the 2020 Honorary Chairman for the Central Texas Cattle Baron's Ball.
"Steve is a walking, talking miracle," 2020 event chairman and close friend, Tom Smith said. "His life is a testament to the incredible treatment, research and funding that the American Cancer Society provides to patients like Steve who receive a devastating diagnosis."
Who hasn’t been touched by cancer? If you’re reading this page, chances are you’ve either lost a loved one, cared for a friend, or you are cheering on someone dear to you who has been happily “branded” a survivor!
Please join us as we virtually honor Steve Beard and he shares more of his story on October 1, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. You can donate now to our 2020 mission area to help cancer patients like Steve.
For more than 100 years, The American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With your support, we have helped usher in an era where more people survive cancer than ever before. By translating our research findings into action, we've seen a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s.
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