U of A Fans Support Former ASU Player in Cancer Battle

U of A Fans Support Former ASU Player in Cancer Battle

There’s no denying the fierce rivalry between ASU and University of Arizona. Yet these divided fan bases have come together to help a fellow footballer in need.

Stephen Berg and his family are fighting a tough battle. A graduate and former football player of Tucson’s Canyon Del Oro High School, Berg was an offensive lineman for the Sun Devils from 2002 to 2006.

In 2013, he and his family were devastated to learn he had colon cancer. Doctors did a CAT scan and found a tumor about the size of a softball. The tumor was removed and Berg underwent chemo. He was in remission for 2 years, but after countless treatments and procedures the cancer kept coming back. With a shrinking income and growing medical bills, Berg’s plan to build his family’s dream home had to be put on hold.

Amazingly, the Tucson community came together to support this family. A GoFundMe fundraiser created by Leslie Berg in Tucson has raised $17,595 as of January 29. Many community members and friends have offered to lend a hand in building the family’s home and local businesses have donated supplies for the big project.

The following message was posted on the GoFundMe page:

Stephen Berg was an offensive lineman for the Arizona State Sun Devils from 2002 to 2006 and started every game from his sophomore season forward. Stephen was diagnosed with colon cancer in August 2013 and has been in the battle of his life for the past four years.

Once thought beaten, they moved back to Tucson, AZ in 2017 and purchased a fixer upper home for his family of six that was in need of a complete remodel. His cancer returned, one final time, and has left him unable to work or finish the home. Medical bills for treatment and loss of income has devastated his family. Funds have run out and his father and friends have been trying to complete the home project.

This is where you come in. Let’s lift this family up and share our blessings with them. Their immediate needs are funds to pay medical bills, complete the house remodel and furnish it to provide safe shelter, acquire reliable transportation, and financial help to navigate an uncertain future.

Stephen is a Sun Devil in Wildcat Country. Let’s ALL show them the love!

For more information and to help out this family, please visit the official GoFundMe page here. 

Photo: GoFundMe

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