In September, Steve Holzer, Marfa’s adored and indefatigable silver fox, fell while taking down an art exhibition. Assuming he’d torn a hamstring or pulled a muscle, Steve decided to tough it out -- limping around his studio, through Marfa and even Mexico -- before capitulating, in November, to a trip to the Emergency Room in Alpine, Texas. Steve was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer, which has spread to bones in his pelvic area and caused multiple fractures in his right hip and femur. He was sent, via air ambulance, to a hospital in El Paso, and has already undergone multiple surgeries and will soon begin a series of intense radiation treatments.
For those unfamiliar with West Texas geography, El Paso is three hours west of Marfa. Steve and Daeryl will need to remain in El Paso through January, so that he can continue with his treatment.
For those who’ve yet to have the pleasure of meeting Steve, he is one of West Texas’ most beloved bon vivants; an exceptional creative talent; a wild storyteller; an unbelievably generous friend; and he’s Daeryl Holzer’s soul mate. Marfa, Texas, is a more magical place because of them. Folks in Marfa are desperate to have them back.
Fortunately, the cancer has not spread to Steve’s vital organs, and there is a strong probability that he can be successfully treated. Steve maintains his usual optimism and determination. He’s bolstered by the outpourings of love and support. When it comes to his recovery, he says he’s going to "show us how it's done!”
The healing journey will be challenging on many levels, including financially. Steve and Daeryl are both self-employed and currently without health insurance. (They have signed up for the Affordable Care Act, but it is not yet effective.) The pile of medical bills is already mountainous. It is a growing distraction from the primary objective: to get Steve healthy and home to Marfa. The tally to date is well over $250,000. Even if they are able to negotiate some of those bills, Steve and Daeryl will owe at least a third of that. We are hoping you’ll help alleviate some of these costs. Funds donated will but used toward expenses associated with the air ambulance, Alpine ER, EL Paso ER and hospital stay, surgeries, doctor bills, relocation costs, homecare, radiation, pain medication...
Steve and Daeryl believe in the power of community and the power of healing love. More than anything, they hope you’ll hold the vision of love and light coming Steve’s way, releasing him of any pain or disease, restoring him to the fullness of his being. He is already cooking up in his head his next video project, utilizing the abundance of medical imaging and morphine visions he is accruing!
We will keep you updated, as Steve progresses through treatment and recovery. With your support, HE IS GOING TO BEAT THIS!
Friends and Fans of the Marfa Holzers