Stomp Out Cancer Presents: Indie Artists Fight Ewi
Stomp Out Cancer: Indie Artists Fight Ewing's Sarcoma - Volume 1 Steven Michael Mackin had been fighting a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma for the early and mid part of his twenties, and after a short remission his cancer returned with a vengeance and took his life. On October 28th, 2006 Sheila Brady lost her son at his home surrounded by friends and loved ones, and the only question left was "why was such a wonderful man taken so soon?" Steven Mackin was no ordinary human being, because his travels and friendships spanned over the globe and an out pour of sympathy and warmth came from many unexpected places after the news of his death spread through his network of friends and loved ones. He inspired people from all over with his outlook on recovering from his initial battle with cancer, and with the physical therapy he endured after he went into remission so that he could hopefully walk without crutches again. Of course, after Steven learned that his cancer returned and it was terminal, he turned to his family and friends to help him through his final days. "Steven said that he was upset that he never made his mark on the world," his mother said. That could have been farther from the truth as news of his passing spread. People jammed onto his personal blog to read a letter regarding his passing, and on his last entry he wrote "It's been a good ride." That didn't stop people from showing a enormous amount of support and love which came from expected and unexpected places. "I don't think he knew that he had touched so many lives, and made such a difference to people all over the world.' Steven's mother said. 'Some people couldn't even speak English, but learned enough English to call and say they were sorry for our loss, after they learned of his death, and then they would hang up the phone without knowing anything more to say. I was so amazed at how many people came to express their sympathy for Steven's loss, it was beautiful and comforting." Sheila recalled. "Stomp Out Cancer: Indie Artists Fight Ewing's Sarcoma," a compilation CD filled with beautiful tracks of hope, love, and memorial was created and released to raise money for less toxic treatment methods, and early detection methods. It is also a loving dedication and tribute to the memory of Steven Michael Mackin. "This CD has been in the planning stages for months, and we are so proud to finally see it being released. The music is from various artists' who have lost loved ones to cancer, or who related to this project in some way.' Sheila said proudly. All proceeds from this CD will go to help fund research that is not funded by the FDA, because they say that it is too rare." Sheila stated. Ewing's Sarcoma is found mostly in children and teenagers, and currently the FDA does not have any funding for research into this disease. One person a day is diagnosed, but according to the FDA, this is simply not enough to fund additional research. We think that is unacceptable.