Priceless 4 Purpose pioneers relief efforts to adults affected by cancer by offering supportive mental, physical, and financial services.
About Priceless 4 Purpose
People fortunate enough to have known Steve Bartlett knew he could always put a smile on your face. He was great at making people feel special. Steve Bartlett was incredibly generous with his time and love.
At 13, Steve was in a horrific water skiing accident in Brainerd, Minnesota that nearly killed him. The boat motor went through his shoulder and head. He was transferred to North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN by ambulance. There he underwent several surgeries and an enormous amount of physical therapy. After several years he was able to nearly make a full recovery, going on to live a normal life.
Due to that experience, as an adult and with a family to provide for, he worked his way through college and enjoyed a 16 year rewarding career in the Physical Therapy department at North Memorial Hospital. The same hospital he had completed his adolescence rehab. He worked with traumatic injury patients educating them and using himself as an example of what could be.
In his spare time, Steve went on to become a licensed massage therapist. At that time, he split his days between Physical Therapy and the Hubert Humphrey Cancer Center using his new skill to perform chair massage on cancer patients receiving their chemo and radiation treatments. Studies have shown the more relaxed a patient could be, the better the drugs could perform in their bodies. Steve was adored by his patients for the humor and charisma.
In 2008, after years of hard work, Steve and Cindy Bartlett followed their lifelong dream of opening a Bed and Breakfast in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. Steve found employment in physical therapy and began making “his impact” in their new city. Cindy traded her career of 20 years for her entrepreneurial endeavor. Her mission was running and growing Mystic Views, a unique new Bed and Breakfast.
Their dream was now reality and life seemed perfect....
On New Year’s Eve, 2008 and only three months into this new phase of their lives, Steve (now just 48 yrs. old) went to the emergency room complaining of side pain. After a series of tests, the doctors explained to Steve that he had advanced Stage 4 colon cancer..
With a warrior’s courage and determination Steve fought his cancer. Cindy carried the incredible burden of rooting her husband's uncertainty in their future. All while attempting to grow a brand new business in effort to pay insurmountable bills and make ends meet. Eighteen months later, in Aug 2010, Steve lost the battle for his life but not before teaching those around him an understanding of the true importance of life. His life's lesson was to positively impact people’s lives as they are going through difficult times.
Surviving Steve are his wife, Cindy and sons Nick, Zach, and Pat. Together they created Priceless 4 Purpose to honor Steve Bartlett and keep his legacy living by continuing his life’s work of positive influence on lives.