Steve was an inventor *and* a people helper. I wanted to share with you one of his inventions that didn't involve pinball, but demonstrated his commitment to helping people.
After just a few weeks of being in the hospital in SF, in early summer, Steve shared with me that he was very surprised by how tough the initial treatment was. He had wished the doctors would have been more forthcoming in preparing him for "what to expect next"... "They just didn't prepare me very well for this, and you know... I'm one of the lucky ones here to have friends and family supporting me through this..."
Steve, being a creative problem solver, and having lots of time on his hands, (and no pinball machines to tinker with there) had already committed himself to generating a big solution:
"Listen, when I have this thing licked, I'm going to come back and volunteer at this hospital and create a new program that empowers doctors and nurses to better help people prepare mentally for what's coming each week in treatment so it's more tolerable and less surprising. I shared the idea with all the nurses here, who are really great btw (but most of them haven't beaten this disease first-hand), and they think it's a good idea. They are looking forward to seeing me return and start up the program. It would be a sort of a pilot here at this hospital. If it works out, perhaps other hospitals will adopt the program. It could make a real difference! Survivors of cancer could volunteer to return as guides, and help others through it who are new and wondering what's coming next. Mof, some of these people are fighting cancer alone..."
While that's not verbatim, it gives you a quick sense of who Steve was and how his mind and heart operated. He imagined how others might be suffering or struggling, and he saw a way he could generously share time and resources to make a difference and bring more peace of mind to others. And he was compelled to be that helpful guy -- ready to lead by example.
To me, that's one quality that was so neat about Steve. He was compelled to be generous and help people. Such a great example of how to live a good life.