“Hi there, I’m Steve. Navigating through cancer’s labyrinth can be daunting, but it’s my mission to illuminate the path ahead.
Whether you’re a patient, a healthcare provider, or someone touched by a cancer journey, my goal is to simplify the complexity of cancer to reveal tangible hope and strategies within.
I’m here to share insights that I hope will be actionable and empowering for you.”
Originating from Waikanae Beach in New Zealand, I’ve been calling the Gold Coast home since 2005.
I share my life with my wife and best friend Claire and our two children, Georgia and Zach.
An avid cyclist, I once had a head-on with a kangaroo on my first ride back after breaking my neck in a Gold Coast Cycling event 10 months prior – yes a true as a roo’s tale Aussie experience!
When Cancer comes to your door it doesn’t knock, it busts straight through intent on destroying everything in its path. To survive such an unwelcome intruder leaves you with a new reality. Cancer never leaves your mind, you see its path and it sees yours, the mission is to forever keep those paths parallel. Click to read my Story and Diagnosis, surgery, and Treatments
Part of the Solution:
Be nimble: Eat light, Move Light, Live Light – Be Open, Be Willing – Be Consistent, and Be Ready.
To be cancerREADY I need to become a part of the solution so I’m committed to better utilizing my experiences and acquired skills with translational cancer and genomic science to provide cutting-edge knowledge tools that directly improve cancer patient survival outcomes.
My 10,000 km for 1,000 cycling challenge initiative is an example – ensuring that all newly diagnosed cancer patients receive a patient navigational journal.
Off the Bike and Cancer
I’m the founder and editor of ‘The Villager’, an edgy and slightly classy villager-styled email magazine cherished by an ever-growing following.
Cycling Shapes My Response
Cycling is probably more than a passion. I ride 50-75 km’s most days and really enjoy a Sunday lunch ride to a Classic Country Pub somewhere on the Goldie.
Why so passionate about cycling? In a nutshell, it shapes my effort, fuels introspective dialogue, offers an outlet for expression, and opens doors to aspirational pathways still untraveled. Through the many challenges of life, I have crafted the following words – Ride Within, Ride With Rhythm, Ride For Tomorrow – They shape my effort both physically and mentally. Lean into life or life will lean back even harder – cycling helps me lean with purpose, it opens me up, it unlocks the willingness and potential within – Thinking is probably my biggest activity, the words and phrases I have shared here have been an important component in rising above significant challenges, especially cancer.
The Obstacle has to be the Opportunity – if you let it
Cancer presents one of life’s most daunting obstacles, yet within it lies opportunity—if we choose to perceive it as such. By separating shadows from facts, we diminish its hold and unveil possibilities once hidden from view.
For me, the real challenge was no longer cancer itself, but rather the quest to make those newfound possibilities my reality.
Navigating through a labyrinth of diverse and contradicting realities—strewn with doubt, resistance, and stirred emotions—demanded a steadfast grip on the possibilities that drove my own reality.
In recognizing that my reality is mine, and theirs is theirs, a crucial distinction emerges, one that is vital for survival. It’s this kind of determination and clarity that carried us to the moon and continues to turn yesterday’s impossibilities into today’s realities.
My driving principle is simple yet profound:
‘Empower the Patient – Increase Survival.’ So following that logic, the more empowered patients the greater the improvement in survival rates.
Through the power of translational cancer and genomic science, I strive to demystify and simplify complex cancer and genomic science into tools that:
- Better equip and empower a patient’s capacity to respond and survive an unexpected cancer event from the moment of diagnosis.
- Connect and synchronize patients, physicians, and their supporters into a unified, informed, and highly focused response.
These tools are more than mere aids; they herald a seismic shift in the way we approach survivorship and innovation in healthcare. This is how we can more effectively help save today’s patient with today’s medical science – a critically important distinction over the race for tomorrow’s cure.
The proof is in the survival rates: Empowered Patients achieve higher survival rates, showcasing the formidable impact of informed knowledge, preemptive detection, and scientific advancements working in concert.
My vision extends to a healthcare system that is fundamentally shaped by its most crucial stakeholder – the patient. Empowered patients are the vanguards, illuminating the pathway to improved health outcomes and invigorating and enhancing the synergy between science and medicine
CCF Australia: Founder and CEO
CCF Australia Current Projects: Australia’s Optimal CCA Care Pathway. ‘Share A Journal Forward‘ campaign, free to newly diagnosed patients. Also delivery to every GP in Australia – the patient’s first critical point of contact in the healthcare system.
- Australia’s Optimal CCA Care Pathway.
- ‘Share A Journal Forward‘ campaign, free to newly diagnosed patients.
- Also delivery to every GP in Australia – the patient’s first critical point of contact in the healthcare system.
CCF NZ: Founder and Director: Developing New Zealand’s CCA response initiatives in line with Australia and the USA.
Translational Innovations & Projects: This is my private arm working on various projects, utilizing the power of translational Genomic and cancer Science: Current Features
About Translational Work:
- Type: For-profit: Develop Tools and Resources through Translational Genomics and Cancer Science
- Primary Problem: Closing the critical knowledge gap between science, healthcare, and patient communities which leaves patients and caregivers overwhelmed, and disempowered.
- Approach: Bridge the knowledge gap using translational genomics and cancer science. Develop easily formatted tools and resources that better equip and empower both patients and clinicians, synchronizing their efforts for effective response and survival.
About CCF Australia:
- Type: Cancer Research and Patient Advocacy Foundation (Charity)
- Primary Problem: Bridging the knowledge gap for newly diagnosed patients. Newly diagnosed Patients do not know what they do not know but absolutely must from the moment of diagnosis; CCF bridges this crucial knowledge gap.
- Approach: Better equip and empower patient’s and caregiver’s response capabilities from the moment of diagnosis to increase survival. More effective and targeted utilization of evidence-based medicine and simplification of complex science.
The Cancer Toolkit and Patient Journal Series are great examples of being white-labeled for Cholangiocarcinoma. Another project example – the “Remote Second Opinion Project” of matching diagnosis to exact expertise and experience is also in use with the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation Australia
Translation Unlocks the power of “Understanding” – a big advantage to overcoming cancer.
Today’s Urgency and New Opportunities
Ensuring Science Breakthroughs Reach the Patient Toolkit
Science isn’t taking a break, so neither are we. While research aims for tomorrow’s cures, our immediate focus is on today. We’re boosting survival rates by cutting down avoidable deaths—starting now. We equip and empower patients to respond effectively from the moment of diagnosis. Translational cancer science and genomics is a key to this.
About Commercial Opportunity
It’s not just about better healthcare; it’s about driving systemic change. My approach offers commercial opportunities that span from the grassroots community level to broader workplace environments. Patient empowerment isn’t just a catchphrase; it’s actionable change, and it’s what will redefine healthcare – well-equipped and empowered patients will lead this change. This opens doors for impactful collaborations and partnerships, transforming not just lives but also the healthcare market itself.