UPDATE: Longview Navy veteran succumbs to cancer
POSTED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 1:14pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 5:38pm
Longview, Texas — UPDATE: The viewing for Steven Crawford will be on Monday, August 13 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, and the service will be at 2:00 pm at the same location which is Greggton United Methodist Church. The church is located at 1101 Pine Tree Road, Longview, TX 75604.
UPDATE: Sadly, KETK has been informed that Steven Crawford succumbed to cancer Wednesday morning.
The family released the following statement on his death:
Steven Crawford, only 36 and a Navy veteran, passed away in his sleep earlier this morning which is a great loss for our Longview community.
We want to thank everybody for all their love, support, and donations. In addition, without the support of our community and our faith in God, we would never have been able to get through this. ""I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me." ~ Philippians 4:13 We have relied on this particular Bible verse to give us strength during the tough times.
The candlelight prayer service scheduled for 8:00 pm tonight at the Beacon Hospice House has been cancelled. Please continue to pray for Steven's wife, Kelsey, and their family in your prayers as they mourn the loss of an amazing man whose fight to survive for his family inspired so many.
We will notify you when funeral arrangements have been made. However, the arrangements will be made through East Texas Funeral Home and the viewing and funeral will both be at Greggton United Methodist Church on Pine Tree Road.
ORIGINAL REPORT: His name is Steven Crawford, and two years ago he was diagnosed with leukemia, and just four weeks ago.... he contracted a virus that gave him stage four lymphoma, and although the end was at the forefront of everyone's mind, it was the present.... that kept everyone in good spirits.
Steven road into the event on a motorcycle, toward a crowd of cheering friends, family, and others who had never met him before, but were inspired by his story.
Along with the bike ride, the fundraiser included a car wash, bar-b-q sales, and silent and live auctions.
They had raised a-thousand dollars from t-shirt sales alone.
All of the money will go to help Stevens' wife Kelsey, and their five-month old daughter Baylei.
Even before this latest diagnosis, Stevens' mind has always been on their well being, rather than his own.
The event raised 31-thousand dollars for Stevens' family, and one man offered to pay for bailey's diapers for the next two years.
And because of Sunday's success, another group of Stevens' friends are planning another fundraiser in Longview, on august 18th.