The last couple of years are ones I'm sure former Owensboro resident Steve Bridgmon would like to forget. Not only did his beautiful sister succumb to glioblastoma brain cancer, but he also lost his Dad to the coronavirus. In his yet-to-be-released new book, Steve shares his story of faith, love, and survival during his most difficult days.

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Back in January of 2020, I introduced you to Dr. Shannon Bridgmon Rinaldo, a 1991 graduate of Daviess County High School. At that time, she was battling glioblastoma brain cancer. Steve had just released his single, "Patiently Waiting" and was celebrating its success. The family was so proud when the single would eventually hit #1 in April of 2020. Nobody was prouder than his baby sister, who the song was inspired by. Although new cancer was detected just a few months prior, the family never lost hope.

I asked Steve at the time how he was coping knowing his baby sister was so sick. "Faith is the backbone of what I do, and I’ve leaned on it for everything .. and faith has kept me from falling apart," he shared. "I'm just so proud of her and although she’s younger than me, she's my role model for perseverance."

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Unfortunately, after her long fight, Shannon passed away on July 27, 2020. Steve didn't have a minute to grieve. During this time his father contracted coronavirus and was really sick. Steve and I were sending messages back and forth while he was boarding a plane to Texas for Shannon's funeral. He shared that he received a message that his Dad had passed when he landed in Lubbock. Just four days after his sister passed away, Curtis Stephen “Steve” Bridgmon, 70, passed away on July 31, 2020. He was crushed and beyond devastated.

Steve never lost his faith, and I remember telling him to keep a journal in case he wants to write a book. Well, that's exactly what he's done. On top of all of his tour dates, finishing his new album, he finished writing his first book to be released in July. He shares the significance his faith holds in his life during the difficult challenges he's faced. I'm beyond proud of my dear friend and all of his accomplishments. His sister and father are proud too.

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