Kate with Her Father, Steve

Kate with Her Father, Steve

Running in Memory of Steve Bither

May 4, 2014: Bronx, New York

On May 4th, Kate Bither will be running the Riverdale Y Half Marathon with a team of three friends: Dawn Knight, Alanna Tweedy, and Kate Lobb. They will run in memory of Kate's dad, Steve Bither, and to raise awareness and support for liposarcoma research. Steve was a lifelong athlete who pushed everyone he knew to achieve their dreams and live life fully. In the words of one of Steve's all-time favorites, "Baby we were born to run!"

The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative was a cause close to Steve's heart. He and Kate participated in a Team Sarcoma bike ride in New Jersey a year before he passed away.

Steve's Journey

Steve was a vibrant source of life and love. He could captivate a room and brighten a day with his huge smile and cheesy sense of humor. He was hardworking and dedicated to his family and job throughout his life.

Playing Guitar

A talented musician and lifelong Beatles fan, one could often find him playing a guitar around the house, blasting Neil Young on a Saturday morning, or dancing to Motown in the kitchen. He loved being a father to his three children, and passed along his passion for music to his sons, soccer to his daughter, and Chicago sports teams to the whole family. He was a loving husband, a dedicated dad, a kind boss, a spirited brother, a wonderful son and uncle, and everyone's favorite friend.

Steve's journey with sarcoma began with a misdiagnosis of the "lump" in his leg. Years later, the same lump turned out to be myxoid liposarcoma, a rare cancer of connective tissues. After receiving weeks of radiation and surgery to remove the mass, we thought it was gone forever. Several years later, it returned - this time in his heart, of all places. After open heart surgery, Steve received proton beam radiation to target the remaining tumor in his heart. Despite experimental chemotherapy, additional surgeries, and holistic and integrative medicine, the sarcoma continued to spread. Steve lost his battle on July 17, 2009, with his family by his side.

Steve

Steve never made a big deal out of his cancer and always lived life to the fullest and enjoyed his family. Despite the frustration of having many different opinions and approaches from doctors, Steve dealt with his various treatments with a combination of grace and logic, always optimistic and open to any medical treatments available. His catch phrase was "We just have to get through this." His love of life and his family was apparent until his very last day.

In the nearly five years since we have lost Steve, we have turned to our many family and friends to heal. Although he left us far too young, his memories, songs and smile continue to live on in our hearts. We try to live his legacy everyday by being kind to one another and believing that "love is all you need."

Given the rare nature of sarcoma, there is currently no cure for this terrible disease that afflicts many young, healthy people like Steve. The search for treatments is still in the research phase, and scientists do not yet know the cause of liposarcoma. We need more research and awareness to avoid initial misdiagnoses and develop treatments to help people fight this disease. Please consider making a donation to support sarcoma research, as there is no doubt that Steve would want us to continue fighting this rare type of cancer.

Donate by Check

Check donations incur no processing fees. Just make the check out to "FJC/Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative" and include "Steve Bither" in the memo line. Mail your donation to:

Kate Bither
117 Perry St. #6
New York, NY 10014

Sign the Guestbook for the Run for Steve

Signatures in the guestbook will appear here. Please share your thoughts about Steve or your well-wishes for the team.

Linda Vetterl 19/04/2014 10:53 am
Beautifully written! I'd like to add that he was the best boss, friend and mentor. I also loved talking to him about music. Good luck Kate!
stephanie pangia 16/04/2014 12:49 pm
Pangia Family sends love and best wishes.. Go Kate Go!! xoxo
Greg & Kathy Bither Gebel 15/04/2014 02:37 pm
We're so proud of you Kate and best of luck with the run!!! Maybe next year some of us will join you! We miss Steven every day but his spirit truly lives on in his beautiful children. We love you!
Aunt Kathy & Uncle Greg
Suzanne Farrell 14/04/2014 10:24 pm
Everything that was said about Steve that was written here.....is more than true!

We all miss him.

About the Initiative

The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative works to award sarcoma research grants to expert investigators around the world. The Initiative maintains an extremely low overhead; thus, 97-98% of your donation (after credit card processing fees) will be used to support liposarcoma research.

Tax deductible giving: All donations made on this page are received by the Initiative's payment service, Razoo Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) charity. Razoo keeps a 4.9% processing fee and then ensures that donations are disbursed to the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, a Collective Giving Fund within FJC, a 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit Public Charity and a Foundation of Philanthropic Funds. As such, donations on this page are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by United States law.