Steve’s Dream was founded on a vision to honor my son, Steve, after he passed suddenly in 2002, at the age of 24, from pericarditis. Steve had a passion for baseball and the Chicago Cubs. We spent a lot of time attending Cubs Spring Training games and talking baseball, just like my dad and me. It brought us closer together and allowed us to focus on the game and each other. For those few hours nothing else mattered. The memories Steve and I created remain fresh in my mind and I will treasure them for the rest of my life.
When Steve passed it was important to find a way to help other fathers and sons experience the same bonding experience Steve and I shared. It was his dream to one day, have a son and take him to Wrigley Field. Unfortunately, that never happened. But what did happen was the creation of Steve’s Dream. Simply put, Steve’s Dream donates Cubs Spring Training tickets to other non-profits and the community.
How can I summarize 2019, our 18th year…amazing, humbling, emotional, rewarding, grateful, blessed are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind. On March 17th, we were blessed to have donated our 2,000th ticket! I never believed when this all started that we would hit this milestone. But it’s not about the number of tickets, it is about the families we have been able to met, stories we have shared, and memories created. As you look at the pictures in the photo album you would never know about the challenges they all face. The letters and notes they have left (Letters to Steve) are so very touching and are the reason we continue Steve’s Dream, year after year.
But none of this would be possible without all of the donations we have received over the years from family, friends and strangers. This year was especially humbling for so many reasons. We were left speechless by so many donations. To all who donated and helped, may kindness return to you in the same beautiful way that it was given. We love you all!
In 2016, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com did a story on Steve’s Dream. Click here to view the video and read the story.
Check out the "Photo Gallery" to see who attended the 2019 Cubs Spring Training games!!!!
Please click on "Letters to Steve" to read what people have said about Steve's Dream. Also, please visit our "Guestbook" to share your thoughts.
Cubs Spring Training tickets donated as of: 03-26-2019 2,031...and counting!