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About Priceless 4 Purpose
People fortunate enough to have known Steve Bartlett knew he could always put a smile on your face. He was great at making people feel special and was incredibly generous with his time and love.
At 13, Steve was in a horrific water skiing accident in Brainerd, Minnesota that nearly killed him. He was transferred to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN. There he underwent several surgeries and an enormous amount of physical therapy.
He went on to make a full recovery and lead a normal life. Due to that experience, as an adult and with a family to provide for, he worked his way through college and enjoyed a 16 year rewarding career in the Physical Therapy department at the same, North Memorial Hospital. He worked with traumatic injury patients educating them and using him-self as an example of what could be.
Steve went on to become a licensed massage therapist and then split his days between Physical Therapy at the hospital and Hubert Humphrey Cancer Center using his new skill to perform chair massage on cancer patients receiving their chemo and radiation treatments. Steve was adored by his patients for his compassion, humor and charisma.
In 2008, after years of hard work, Steve and his wife Cindy followed a dream of opening a unique Bed and Breakfast in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. Steve found employment in physical therapy and began making “his impact” in their new city. Cindy traded her career of 20 years for her new entrepreneurial endeavor. Her mission was running and growing Mystic Views.
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Their dream was now reality and life seemed perfect....
On New Year’s Eve, 2008 and only three months into this new phase of their lives, Steve (just 48 yrs. old) went to the emergency room complaining of side pain. After a series of tests, the doctors explained he had advanced Stage 4 colon cancer.
With a warrior’s courage and determination Steve fought his cancer. Cindy carried the incredible burden of rooting her husband's uncertainty in their future. Eighteen months later, in Aug 2010, Steve lost the battle for his life but not before teaching those around him an understanding of the true importance of life. His life's lesson was to positively impact people’s lives as they are going through difficult times.
Surviving Steve are his wife Cindy and three sons. Together with extended family and friends they created Priceless4Purpose to honor Steve Bartlett and keep his legacy living by continuing his life’s work of positive influence on lives now going through the uncertainties of a cancer diagnosis.