“Not for me, for research.”
–Stephen Eugene Marano, Jr.

Stephen Eugene Marano Jr., affectionately known as Stev, was born on March 31st, 1989. Stev was known for his contagious smile, sense of humor, and his passion and love for life. Stev attended Penn State University, and worked at Tradition (North America) Inc. In the summertime he spent his weekends enjoying time with his family and friends in LBI.

In January of 2015, Stev's world changed when he was diagnosed with Cancer of an Unknown Primary, but never once did his upbeat personality and positive outlook falter.

Although he was about to embark on an extremely tough journey, Stev made it clear that he wanted to do something to help out other people who also had this rare form of cancer. It was his plan to create this page, in hopes of spreading awareness and raising money to specifically fund research to find a cure.

On Tuesday, February 24th, 2015, Stephen lost his fight at just 25 years of age. Although Stephen is no longer physically with us, his legacy and love for life will forever be kept alive through his wish to help change the world.

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Stephen Eugene Marano Jr.

Stev’s Wish was founded on February 8th 2015 by Stev himself. Shortly after his diagnosis, Stev wanted to put his mark on the world and raise money for research on this rare disease. He specifically stated, “not for me, for research.” Tragically, Stev did not live to see the legacy he would leave. It is our mission to keep his legacy alive through this foundation and fulfill Stev’s wish for curing cancer.