At the age of 13, Stephen was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a very rare and aggressive form of bone cancer. With the odds stacked against him, Stephen fought his disease with great courage for 16 months and inspired many with his humor, perseverance, and concern for others despite his difficult battle.
On October 4, 2004 Stephen passed away and his foundation was created. Honoring his wishes, the Stephen Breen Memorial Foundation offers tuition assistance to children who wish to receive a Catholic school education and assistance to families who have children that are also battling cancer.
The Stephen Breen Wildcat Challenge is an annual basketball tournament held at Saint Andrew Catholic School that celebrates Stephen and provides support to his foundation.