Steve Dezember was 28 years old when he was diagnosed with a debilitating disease that has stolen his ability to move, eat or even breath on his own.In August of 2011 Steve learned he had ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
After his diagnosis, Steve and his wife Hope knew they had a decision to make. They could either wallow in self-pity and sadness or live their lives to the fullest. As Steve’s mobility rapidly declined, he decided to use his life-long of love painting to express himself. With the help of his wife, Steve used his wheelchair’s wheels to paint vibrant and beautiful works of art by rolling over the canvas. After friends saw his paintings, they insisted he sell them… and so Hope For Steve was born.
Every painting that Steve sells goes toward his continued and increasing need for medical care. After hearing Steve’s story, a local gallery agreed to host his work for a showing. Steve sold every piece he brought along and has sold out 5 gallery shows since. His work and story are so powerful that they’re giving hope to people all over the world… that though life is hard, there is still beauty in brokenness.
In Steve’s written words, “Though ALS is a very hard thing to deal with it has shown me that there are wonderful things about humanity that are still out there. This opportunity to brighten someone’s day is a gift from God we all need to take advantage of.”
Check out Steve’s page and, if you feel led, donate to his cause.
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This man refused to let ALS keep him down — now his story and artwork are inspiring others
Posted by NowThis on Sunday, May 15, 2016
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