Steven Davies: A life gone too soon
TEE OFF FOR TESTICULAR CANCER
The Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation is hosting the 2013 Tee Off for Testicular Cancer Golf Series Saturday, June 1, at the Golf Club at Redlands Mesa, 2299 West Ridges Road.
Grand Junction resident Kim Jones founded the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation in 2009, two years after her 13-year-old son, Jordan, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of testicular cancer.
The purpose of the foundation is to raise funds and awareness of this little-talked-about disease, to encourage early detection.
The foundation gives money to support families in immediate need after a diagnosis, and also points patients toward expert medical advice.
“We have saved lives through the work of our foundation,” Jones said. “I knew I could make a difference for someone else, being so lucky that Jordan survived this.”
Jordan is now 19 and attends college at Colorado Mesa University.
Two Professional Golf Association members, Rick Woodson and Todd Barranger, both testicular cancer survivors, will appear at the national golf series, including at the kick-off tournament in Grand Junction June 1.
There are still team openings for the golf tournament. To register, visit tcafgolf.org.
For years young Steven Davies would “work for parts,” adopting a bike store wherever he lived.
In Grand Junction it was the Bike Shop, at 10th and North Ave., where Davies first volunteered, then worked full-time while going to school and raising two daughters with his wife, Sinda.
Davies was passionate about bikes — he rode everywhere and had tinkered with them since he was a kid. He was fit and fast, and had competed in the Ranchstyle Mountain Bike Festival on Glade Park.
On April 21, Davis died unexpectedly, 10 days after being diagnosed with cancer at age 26.
Bike Shop co-owner Ash Jordan remembered Davies complaining of back pain in March. Medication prescribed by a physician did not reduce the pain, and by April it had worsened, Jordan said.
On April 11, Davies started coughing up blood and experienced difficulty breathing. He went to the hospital emergency room where chest X-rays detected tumors in the lungs. Further screening found the cancer had spread to his back, liver and brain. Although it had originated in his abdomen, the diagnosis was testicular cancer.
Originally from Price, Utah, Davies and Sinda married when they were 18. Daughter Haley is 6, and Tera is 3. Their first child, a son they named Luke, was stillborn at 22 weeks.
The young widow is now pregnant with their second son, Nolan, who is due Aug. 27.
Sinda was scheduled for an ultrasound last month while Davies was in the intensive care unit, hooked up to a respirator. She arranged for the ultrasound to take place in her husband’s hospital room so he could be present.
“I was never able to tell him he was going to have a son — he was heavily sedated,” Sinda said. “I do believe he knew.
“It was his dream to have a boy — especially after losing our first.”
BIKE SHOP RALLIES FOR the FAMILY
“Steven worked at the Bike Shop originally as a volunteer for three years — for parts and to help us,” Jordan said. “He loved bicycles.”
The Bike Shop is hosting a silent auction fundraiser for the family Saturday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind the shop.
“A lot of our suppliers have donated different items,” Jordan said.
There are bicycles, running shoes, clothing, helmets, bike pumps, a four-bike hitch rack, and a bike repair stand.
Local bike shop Ruby Canyon donated a set of wheels as did DT Swiss, a bike components manufacturer with an office in Grand Junction. Board and Buckle bike shop dropped off a check Wednesday morning.
Another local business, Alpine Computers, donated a home computer.
One-hundred percent of proceeds go to the Steven Davies Memorial Fund at Coloramo Federal Credit Union, 516 28 Road, Grand Junction, CO 81501.
“It’s been difficult,” Jordan said. “I know his wife and kids from church and working with him…” When Sinda came home from the hospital the day her husband passed away, she gathered Haley and Tera close to her and told them their daddy wouldn’t be coming home. The 6-year-old curled up to her mother and didn’t speak for an hour. When she got up the first thing she wanted to do was make her father a card, Sinda said. She understands death, but the 3-year-old still asks for him, Sinda said.
“I still have difficulties, and struggles,” she said.
At Davies’ memorial service, the young widow tied her daughter’s homemade card to one of the dozens of balloons that were released to the sky during the event. At first, the balloon appeared stuck in a tree, but then it rose with the card, lifted higher than all the others, and floated off in a different direction.
“I believe he gets our messages,” Sinda said.
“He was a wonderful dad. He was the dad who did not miss things.
“He was an amazing husband. I learned a lot from him. He changed my life. His memory will live on.”
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