After touring all over the world with top Rock Bands such as KISS, Our Lady Peace, and Finger Eleven, Steve’s life took a devastating turn for the worse when his father, Anthony Mastroianni, told him that he’s just been diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer.
“When my father was diagnosed last Spring, I knew right away that I would put my music career on hold and stop at nothing to get him back to 100% and onto the golf course. I didn’t know exactly how we would do it, but I knew that his passion would be a KEY component to his recovery.” said Steve.
Shortly after the diagnosis, the Mastroianni family was approached by Fil from the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC), offering to coach everyone involved through the difficult time.
“Fil answered EVERY single one of our questions about the upcoming process, educated us about how Colorectal Cancer functions in the body, and connected us with all the people who helped my father fully recover and return to the golf course.” said Steve.
Despite the emotional roller coaster ride that was 2013-2014, after two surgeries, countless visits to the hospital, and the horrors of spending more time in the emergency room than his previous 28 years combined, Steve is proud to say that they achieved their goal on July 22nd, 2014, just over one year after the diagnosis.
Photo: Steve Matroianni (aka VØID) and father Anthony Mastroianni
“The path that Fil and the CCAC set out for us in 2013 was the crucial element that ensured my Dad spent this summer out of the hospital and on the golf course. I may have toured with KISS, but Fil is the real Rockstar here!” said Steve.
So WHY VØID Cancer?
After traveling the world for 10 years with a guitar on his back, Steve is no stranger to communicating his message to large crowds.
However, it was his experience with his father this past year that would help to put everything in perspective and inspire him to use his guitar to make an even bigger impact in the world.
His goal is to Teach and Inspire new Guitar Players around the world, while donating proceeds to the CCAC to further Cancer Research and introduce new programs for those who are suffering from this horrible disease.
He calls this movement VØID Cancer and his mission is to Eliminate Cancer: One Note at a Time.
He plans to accomplish this by selling his online coaching platform & digital products as well as through LIVE workshops for patients, caregivers, and anyone else who would like to learn how to create beautiful music and lasting change.
If you or someone you love has always dreamed of playing guitar, or just wants to give it a try, then there is no better time to learn than now.
“I can’t think of any better incentive to practice than knowing that proceeds will be going to further Cancer research.” said Steve.
Even his Rockstar mentor Gene Simmons approves of his new venture: “VØID is a special guy and what he is doing with VØID Cancer is admirable.” – Gene Simmons
Photo: Gene Simmons from KISS and Steve Mastroainni (aka VØID) We couldn’t agree more.
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