2013 “Walk Your Heart Out for Steven”

Sunday, September 22nd 
10:00am – 2:00pm

“Steven Kovacs was an outstanding graduate student from 2006-2009, majoring in psychology, with a specialization in applied behavior. Steve took advantage of everything Binghamton had to offer. Steve had a passion for learning. Outside of his academic successes, Steve generously gave back to the community. Steve was a brother in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and was always very proud of that. Steve was also a personal trainer at Fit Space, always encouraging people to do their best. Steve was given a full scholarship to the University Of Tennessee where he would’ve earned his PhD, but in the summer of 2009, tragically died. Steve’s family will always be proud of his many accomplishments in his short life. In honor of Steven his family created the Steven W Kovacs Memorial award at Binghamton University.

This award recognizes students who have displayed a true passion for research, and plan on obtaining their Ph.D. Steve’s friends say he had a true sincerity about him, a passion for life, and a smile that would brighten the day of anyone he ran into. Steve always wanted to make a difference so please come out and Walk Your Heart Out for Steven, and you too can make that difference.”

Proceeds will benefit the Steven W. Kovacs Memorial Scholarship Fund and Fairview Recovery Services’ Addictions Crisis Center

2012 UPDATE (09/30/12):  Thank you to all who participated in this exceptional cause, which was a wonderful way of remembering Steven and honoring his life.  Except for a quick sprinkling from above, the day was just right for walking and running.  After a very moving account of Steven’s final hours as described by his Mom, all participants walked one lap in Steven’s memory.  Personally, I found that lap to be very inspirational and at the same time reflective.  I was inspired by the words that Steven’s Mom spoke, of not holding grudges or feelings of animosity towards those who could have made better choices, that may have saved Steven’s life.  Steven’s Mom also spoke, however, of the Good Samaritan 911 Law to Fight Overdose (Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed in 2011) and a new bill titled “The Steven Kovacs Law” which will “seek to impose an affirmative duty upon a social host to render assistance to a guest on private premises in the event of a medical emergency”.  “This legislation will make a social host liable for failing to notify emergency responders when a guest becomes incapacitated on the host’s private premises.” http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S7560A-2011  Statistical information suggests that upwards of 27,000 people nationwide, die annually from accidental overdoses.  It is the hope of Steven Kovacs’ family, friends and supporters, that this new bill will become law and have a profound effect on anyone who finds themselves in a position to choose…