Susan Steel

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A Woman of Steel: Rowing Crew and Living with a Vengeance

By Susan B. Noyes | November 2008

MIB founder Susan B. Noyes chronicled the late Susan Steel in this piece on perseverance in the face of a dire melanoma diagnosis. Steel, then given six months to live, turned to rowing to gain strength. She fought to live, and with incredible determination, she thrived, founding the New Trier Masters woman’s rowing program. A second piece, “Cancer Superhero Susan Steel Leads the Fight Against Melanoma” (February 2014), details the birth of Skin of Steel, a nonprofit patient advocacy foundation established in Chicago, and beautifully captures her spirit. Steel died in January 2016, but this story, a testament to her grit and grace, stands out as one of our best.

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