Steve Spencer - Ultra SURVIVOR

August 17, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

SteveSp Big Sky White Face Trail (3)Steve Spencer with one of his many rescued dogs, Henry!Steve and Henry at White Face Trail. Steve Spencer is one tough guy, awesome dad, dog lover, funny and SUPER smart.  If you have been a 5:30am camper in the past year then you’ve know who he is!

 

You wouldn’t know it but Steve has fought and won a big battle in his life - cancer.  

 

SuzySp KatherineS SteveSp - Rusty and Henry K9 Marr LandRusty, Katherine, Suzy, Henry and Steve in Simi Valley. Marr Land Trail.Rusty is the Spencer Family latest addition (as of July 2014). Rusty grew up completely igored by his owners. They were an unhappy family and he was the last thing on their minds. Left in the back yard all alone ALL THE TIME he has been coming to camp and learning how to be a part of his new Forever Family, The Spencers On Wednesday this week (August 20th) he will be going into surgery for a quadruple bypass.  This is a very serious surgery and Steve, Suzy and the kids (and their pets) could use all of the love and positive energy we can give.

 

JoAnn is bringing a giant card to sign on Monday.  You can write your words of encouragement for him there or if you want to be more private put them in an envelope (don’t forget to sign your name on your note).

 

Steve texted us the following, “I am going in for a quadruple bypass ...and will be in the hospital until Sunday or so.  If I can request anything, please make everyone do a few extra push-ups on Wednesday for me.  I won’t be able to do any for a while.”

He will be at Northridge Hospital.

Steve knew something was “wrong” so he checked it out.  This is what he wrote us on August 11th, “Except for the new medications I’m on, I feel fine.  That’s whats’s weird about this whole thing.  I must have been living with this condition for years (and it’s really good that I found out), and don’t feel any different than I have for all these years.  I hope that they can reverse the damage - I can’t imagine how much more energy and stamina I’d have going from 50% heart to 100%.

At least I know now why I was so slow going uphill on all of those trails.”

His doctor told him he has a HEALTHY HEART and it even grew some new vessel pathways.  His doctor also said his exercise this past year has helped his heart.  

Facebook post by Uncle Steve.Facebook post by Uncle Steve.Steve took these young'uns up one of the toughest trails in Simi Valley - Haggarty Hill! Looks like everyone loved Uncle Steve taking them to the top!

I went back to the start of when Steve began camp with us out of curiosity - how many days has Steve been coming to camp?  

His first camp was Tour 50, June 2013. Since then he has graduated every single camp - logging over 225 hours of exercise.  That doesn’t include what he did in-between our boot camp tours or on weekends.  He was often found out on the trails with his family - pets included.

The Spencer Family could be described as  big hearted, giving, hard working, caring and easy going.   

 

Words of encouragement go a long way so think of some and write them down to give to Steve and the Spencer Family.  


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