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Kindhearted Stranger Sends Former Navy Dad Dying Of Incurable Brain Cancer To The Super Bowl

by Olivia Jakiel
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For many of us, the Super Bowl is an excuse to eat junk food all day, scream at the television, and critique commercials like we’re head of production at ABC. For Steven Skinner, though, this year’s Super Bowl could not only be one of the highlights of his life, but the fulfillment of one of his last wishes for him and his family.

Steven, who was in the Navy for 16 years and is described by those who know and love him as their “rock,” and someone who “always made time to stop and talk to you,” suffered what doctors thought to be a small stroke while on a business trip in December 2017. Unfortunately, when he was examined further by doctors, Steven was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare and incurable form of brain cancer.

Steven’s son, Andrew, told Inside Edition that around Thanksgiving of 2018, his dad was given only 4 to 6 months to live.

That’s when he decided he was going to get his father to the Super Bowl — one of his lifelong dreams — one way or another.

Andrew set up a GoFundMe page to help make his father’s dream a reality. His original goal was to raise $30,000 for two tickets. “Not only is this the most opportune time for him to go to a Super Bowl but it is also his last opportunity,” Andrew wrote on the page. “If any family members, friends, friends of friends, colleagues could either donate or spread the word of my father’s GoFundMe campaign, my family would very much appreciate it. Prayers and good thoughts for my father would mean just as much to my family as well.”

Donations poured in (and are still pouring in), but it was a kindhearted stranger who really stepped up to the plate for the Skinner family. Andrew received a call from Mike Medici, president of Premier Transportation, who told him, “Drew, I can’t take you and your dad to the Super Bowl. But we can take your whole family.”

“I was speechless,” Steven’s wife Lisa said. “All I could say was ‘thank you’ over and over again. I told [Medici] I don’t know if he is an angel or Santa Claus because he is fabulous. Steven wanted to be known as a good dad, a good husband. This one year has been a really tough year for all of us… but this year was one for him to find he really did accomplish what he wanted to, and he is leaving this type of life he wanted to leave.”

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