You know that one cousin? The one that everyone looks forward to seeing at the family dinner because they can make you laugh so hard your cheeks ache? The young cousins look so much up to them. Heck, the older cousin do, too. They seem like the perfect combo of silly and strong.
In our family, that cousin is named Steve. Steve was a couple of years older than me and a million times cooler. My earliest memory of Steve is of him packing his family's navy blue Suburban as we got ready to visit my aunt and uncle's ranch. He was wearing faded light jeans and a matching denim vest... a matching denim vest lined with faux fur. That's it. Oh! He did have on cowboy boots that were two sizes too big. We were still young, but in my mind, he was the coolest guy I had ever known.
Steve made our whole family laugh harder than I can remember. It feels like yesterday that he and his twin, John, we sitting on the barstools in his mom's kitchen cracking jokes while the rest of the cousins just watched and enjoyed the show.
As funny as Steve was, he was even kinder. Steve was a cool kid at East High school that made his little dorky cousin, thats me, feel famous by association.
18 months into his service in the NY/NY North Mission, Steve got really sick. Steve, my superhero cousin, had leukemia. Steve fought like no one has ever fought. Even in the deepest points of the battle, Steve remained positive and continued to testified of his love for his Savior and His atonement.
On October 27, 2014 we said 'goodbye' to our Steve for a time. We miss his jokes, but we have not lost his spirit. He is always close.
Steve and our family will always be grateful for the wonderful medical team at Primary Children's Medical Center for their endless and loving care. Though we can never repay them, we will be donating $10 for every Q.NOOR Stevie dress purchased to Primary Children's. We hope to help another family have even just one more day with their Steve.