The Commander's Final Send-off


Update: Steven and Andrew made it to the Super Bowl! Thanks to the wonderful generosity and kindness of a stranger, who we now call friend, Steven was able to enjoy the game in comfort from a fabulous suite surrounded by family and new friends. It was an experience where memories for a lifetime were created.  Our family thanks everyone who has taken an interest in our story and reached out with prayers, best wishes, shared stories of Steven, and made donations to help Andrew fulfill his father's dream. Because of the extraordinary gift of our host,  all funds raised from the Commander's Final Send-Off Campaign will be donated for glioblastoma cancer research in Steven's honor.  We are forever grateful.  Dreams do come true because love and kindness still prevail in this world of people helping people. 

There are a lot of things one could say to describe my father, Steven Skinner:

Diehard Chicago Sports Fan
USNA Grad, Class of 1984
Served aboard the USS Rueben James FFG-57
Collegiate Basketball Player
A Friend
A Loving Husband and Father

Those are only a few ways to describe Steven. However, the “brain cancer victim” description is now unfortunately a new one he has to add to his collection. We received the news around Thanksgiving time that my father only has a few more months left with us and all we can do now is to make him feel as comfortable and loved as possible. One item on his bucket list was to attend a Super Bowl. As fate would have it, we live in Atlanta, Georgia. The Super Bowl this year is in Atlanta, Georgia. He was given 4-6 months maybe to live If things all go well. The Super Bowl is in 2-3 months. Not only is this the most opportune time for him to go to a Super Bowl but it is also his last opportunity. We are trying to raise 15k-30k so we can also send a couple family members with him to help him travel. If any family members, friends, friends of friends, colleagues could either donate or spread the word of my father’s GoFundMe campaign my family would very much appreciate it.  Prayers and good thoughts for my father would mean just as much to my family as well.

Beardown, Thank you and God Bless

Edit: Thank you so much everyone for the prayers and donations. All the support means so much to my family and me. We are planning on donating all the extra money we raise to a cancer foundation to help continue raise awareness of glioblastoma. If anyone has any recommendations of which charity we should look into we would love to hear what you guys have to say.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Drew Skinner 
Atlanta, GA
Lisa Skinner 

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