Brave, inspiring and strong are a few words that come to mind when describing 12-year-old Nick Steffens, but if you ask him he sums himself up as a “crazy, huge 49ers fan!” Nick’s story began January 9th, 2012.
“We took him into the doctor’s office because of strange bruising and a fever,” said Julie Steffens, Nick’s mother. “The doctor took one look and could tell something was wrong. A blood test later that day showed Leukemia, AL-Leukemia. Completely stunned and shocked by the news we rushed him to UCSF hospital where he stayed for 45 days. He is in remission but takes chemo orally daily and still has many procedures and will for a total of three years.”
“He left school midyear 5th grade and was able to graduate with his class with much support from the school, teachers and community. He started 6th grade at a new school (middle school) with no hair and very ill from the chemo. He just finished his 6th grade year on the honor roll while attending school less than 40 percent of the time due to sickness and low white blood cell count from the chemo.”
Nick maintains as much normalcy as possible, opting for the stairs over the elevator and displayed his mastership over crutches during his tour of 49ers Headquarters. Nick, along with a small group of friends and family, enjoyed sunny weather during Wednesday’s training camp event. “This was an amazing experience,” Julie said. “We are so proud of him and his bravery through all this. He is an amazing kid who always has a smile on his face. He is a super 49ers fan. While we were in the hospital our friends did his room at home all 49ers with the flag and painted the room half red and half gold. We really have good support and friends.”
The day was topped off with visits from Head Coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback