Many organizations have a heart and soul. The Morgan Adams Foundation also had a “father figure.” Steven Adams, the father of beloved Morgan and half of the power couple who helped create The Morgan Adams Foundation, passed away on September 22, 2013. While our hearts are heavy with this news, we are grateful that his suffering and long, valiant battle with a rare form of cancer is finally over. We wish him peace and Godspeed and remain a community forever grateful for his unwavering commitment to helping children in need.
Steven loved photography, art, and creative people who “colored outside the lines.” He loved fast cars, beautiful airplanes and people who used their gifts in life to help others. And above all else, he loved being a dad to Morgan, Andrew, and Grace.
He hated cancer. Period.
From the moment it grasped Morgan during her kindergarten year to the moment it took his own life, it was his declared enemy and he devoted his life to fighting it.
Together with his wife Joan Slaughter, they formed The Morgan Adams Foundation and have raised over $2.5 million to fund pediatric cancer research in Colorado and beyond. His life, determination, and stubborn insistence on never giving up, has truly saved lives. His legacy will be more children who go on to middle school, high school and beyond rather than having their young lives cut short.
Steven was never afraid to approach others to join in his campaign. He urged many a restaurant or bar owner to partner with MAF for events of all kinds. He mingled with the elite pilots and drivers at the Morgan Adams Concours d‘Elegance and he was soul mates with every photographer and artist who contributed to artma. He worked long hours behind the scenes setting up and tearing down events and formed life-long kinships with those who worked beside him. As one artma committee member said, “Steven's passion for this cause, sometimes so intense you couldn't contain it, (or escape from it), sucked me in. And so here I will stay, long after he is gone.”
In his fight for kids with cancer, Steven pushed everyone to think bigger, try harder, never settle and never stop. Dr. Nicholas Foreman of The Children’s Hospital Colorado said, “Steven was the most buoyant, energetic and creative person I have ever known. Courageous in the face of great loss and from that loss making a community focused on the future and not the past. A man whom the hardships of life, and his own devastating illness, could not diminish. Through his vision, many children with cancer are cured and this remains his victory over that terrible disease and death itself.”
He was fearless. Inventive. Creative. Imaginative. Unstoppable. Sometimes incorrigible. Always a flirt. Never a whiner. Forever loved.
Steven’s dream will now take on a new shape as we have created the Steven Adams Memorial Endowment Fund to benefit The Morgan Adams Foundation. Information and online donations can be made at morganadamsfoundation.org (when making a donation, please select the "Steven Adams Memorial Endowment Fund from the drop-down menu).
Steven turned his grief over the death of Morgan into a powerful force for good. Now, it is our turn to do the same for him.