Marcus Steury was chosen from a competitive selection process by the SCIF Pathfinder Committee as this year’s Pathfinder Award recipient for the work he does to help other disabled individuals while continuing his passion for the outdoors and love of hunting. He will be honored with this prestigious award at the 6th Annual Beretta and SCI Foundation Conservation Leadership Award Gala located at the Peppermill Hotel Casino on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.
Marcus Steury was born and raised in Hicksville, Ohio, a small town of about 3,000 people in Northwest Ohio. Born with spina bifida myelomeningocele, Marcus underwent 14 surgeries before the age of 2. Marcus has never been able to walk, but that didn’t slow him down. He got his first wheelchair at age 5.
Marcus graduated fifth in his high school class and obtained an associate degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Manufacturing. Marcus currently works fulltime as an Engineering Technician for a company that manufactures orthopedic instruments and implants. One of the best parts of his job is knowing that the products he helps to make end up directly helping other people in their time of need.
Marcus has always enjoyed spending time outdoors, and enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and exploring God’s beautiful creation. Having grown up in a family that enjoyed hunting, Marcus was encouraged to try hunting, as well, despite the extra challenges that disabled people face outdoors. He has been blessed to harvest several deer in his lifetime, including whitetail deer from three different states (Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin).
Marcus married his beautiful wife Lindsey in September 2013, and they currently reside in Hicksville. Marcus and Lindsey volunteer with Hunters Helping Hunters, a local non-profit that provides hunting and fishing opportunities to physically challenged or seriously ill adults and children. Marcus began as a hunter with Hunters Helping Hunters, and after a few hunts decided to see how he could help serve the organization.
Along with his father, Marcus designed wheelchair accessible elevated hunting blinds for Hunters Helping Hunters to improve the opportunity and comfort for their hunters. Hunters Helping Hunters has constructed more than 10 of these types of blinds used by their hunters each year. Marcus now serves on the Board of Directors of Hunters Helping Hunters.
Marcus is also active in the church he attends and has served on the leadership team for three years. His faith in God has been most important in maintaining a positive attitude despite the daily struggles of life confined to a wheelchair and encouraging others as they face obstacles in their lives.--Kathy Butler Humanitarian Services Department
SCI Foundation thanks its long-time, dedicated donors who support the Pathfinder Award, making this once-in-a-lifetime South African hunt possible:
Jan Oelofse Hunting Safaris
Fauna & Flora Customhouse Brokerage Co., Inc.
Safari Cargo Systems
The Yellow Shark Holdings (Pty) Ltd.