Steven John Guggisberg
(1944 - 2011)

Steven John Guggisberg
Nickname: Steve

Minnesota, United States of America
June 21, 1944

Minnesota, United States of America
November 26, 2011

This site is dedicated to Steve Guggisberg who died of lung cancer that had metastasized to his bones by the time he was diagnosed. He was a smoker, but quit in 1990 after becoming more aware of the health risks. He often pleaded with people to quit as he had. If you are a current smoker, please consider quitting.

If you would like to do more to help, we have established a memorial gift fund at the Mayo Clinic’s lung cancer research program. Please consider making a gift.

We encourage you to include a short note stating that you would like your gift designated to lung cancer research, in memory of our father and friend, Steven Guggisberg. Thank you.

Some Lung Cancer Facts
To learn more visit:

1/3 of all cancer related deaths are a result of lung cancer. Cancer is the second leading cause of death killing more than 1,500 people each day

52.8% of all cases have metastasized beyond the lungs before diagnosis

15.6% of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive beyond 5 years

Survival rates for all other forms of cancer have seen double digit increases since 1976 the Lung Cancer rate improvement is 2%

$1,279 is the amount spent per death on Lung Cancer research compared to $27,480 for breast cancer

81% of all lung cancer cases are current or former smokers

Online giving page:
Choose: “Other designation” and then type “lung cancer research” as the specific designation. There is also an area to indicate that this is a tribute gift.

Please send donations to:
Mayo Clinic
Department of Development
(c/o Betsy Koehnen).
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905

The Mayo Clinic tax ID # is 41-6011702 and legal name is ‘Mayo Clinic’. Checks can be made to Mayo Clinic. Please include in the memo portion: “This gift is designated to the lung cancer research program in memory of Steven Guggisberg.”

There are always administrative costs associated with any type of charity organization. Nationally, the average cost per dollar raised is 25 percent. Mayo Clinic continually strives to keep their administrative costs low. At Mayo Clinic, their cost to raise $1.00 in 2010 was 10.6 cents, well below the industry average. That means that for every $1.00 raised, 89.4 cents goes to practice, research or education funding and only 10.6 cents is used to pay for administrative expenses. We are bound by the Donor Bill of Rights and that ensures that your gift will be used for purpose for which it was designated. For example, your gift to lung cancer research will be used for research and not for promotional materials or for other research areas within Mayo Clinic.

Mayo clinic annual reports can be found on the Mayo Clinic website which will provide more information

If you have questions you may call Steve’s Daughter, Deanna Vieaux, at 952-239-0499 or email

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
- Mark Twain

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