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Photo Gallery

Don't forget to check out the photo gallery.  I try to add photos as I get them.  If you have a good photo of dad you want to send us, please email it over contact@teamthacker.com.  We will eventually be making a scrapbook.

Final Resting PLace

Steve was laid to rest on March 9, 2013 at Honey Creek Woodlands, a natural burial ground owned and operated by the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia, about 45 minutes from Atlanta. Anyone is welcome to visit. 

"A great soul serves everyone all the time.  A great soul never dies.  It brings us together again and again."

- Maya Angelou

Visitors to Site


Strides 4 CJD 2016 Atlanta Race October 2

Strides for CJD is presented by the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation. The CJD Foundation hopes Strides for CJD will ensure that anyone, anywhere, can participate and show their support, raise awareness for patients, family and friends of this rare disease, while also helping to enrich and sustain the programs created by the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation.


The event takes place nationally in various cities October 1 & 2, 2016. Learn more at www.strides4cjd.com.

Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016
Time: 9:00am

Location: Atlanta, GA - Keswick Park

Details: The Atlanta race is a 5k walk/run

Strides 4 CJD Atlanta 2015 Race

rare book case dedication to library

On October 9, the CDC unveiled a custom rare book state at the Stephen B. Thacker library.  This was made possible through a donation from the Thacker Family. The books displayed will be rotated periodically with various titles. We hope that the prominent display of these books and the diversity of topics will stimulate others to pursue their own scientific inquiries as a living tribute to Dr. Thacker. In addition, some funds were used to purchase some special books for the collection.

Date: Friday, October 9, 2015
Location: CDC Library

Celebration of Life: Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

An event in honor and memory of Stephen B. Thacker will take place this fall at Mount Sinai School of Medicine to celebrate his accomplishments as one of their most distinguished graduates.  Details pending.

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Time: 9:00-11:00am

Location: New York, NY

Steve's VoiceQuilt-Call In a Message or Memory



Please help us create a wonderful keepsake for the family TODAY by calling the toll-free number below with a warm greeting and a special memory about Steve!  Tell us how he inspired you.

Our deadline is Mar 15, 2013. Please call today! Messages should be BRIEF, no more than 2 minutes.

Just think of it as a toast – a funny story, a shared memory or a favorite quote. Mention your name at the beginning so that we know who is speaking. It's easy and we will love hearing from you.  The family will also enjoy looking back on the stories of Steve.

After everyone has called in, we will arrange the messages into a playlist or “VoiceQuilt”. Then the family will have it as a keepsake filled with memories about Steve for years to come which they can share with grandchildren and others.

Thanks in advance for helping us create this very special gift.


Leaving a message on a VoiceQuilt is easy – just follow these steps:
1. Call 1-877-OurQuilt (1-877-687-7845)
(see http://voicequilt.com/overseas if calling from outside the US)
2. When asked for your invitation number, enter 192178
3. Record your message, just as if you were leaving a voicemail
Press # to review your message – or just hang up to save it

For message ideas, see the Thought Starters at http://voicequilt.com/inspireme

CDC Honors Dr. Steve Thacker Feb. 5, 2013

On Tuesday, February 5th, CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, CDC leadership, and Dr. Thacker's family and friends, honored Stephen B. Thacker, MD, MSc, ASG/RADM (Ret.), USPHS, for his extraordinary leadership to CDC and unyielding dedication and contributions to the field of epidemiology and public health science.


Watch the ceremony live by clicking either of the links below. Note: The webcast links are only active during the date and time of the session.

Broadband Connection

Slower Connection

If you are unable to connect using the link, copy and paste the link into your web browser.

Having troubling registering or viewing the webcast?
Email us at gly4@cdc.gov.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Ceremony)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30333

Visitor information: http://www.cdc.gov/museum/visitor.htm


Registration is closed. http://www.cdc.gov/about/thacker/ 

Take Them A Meal

Thank you for the overwhelming response on Take Them a Meal.  We are grateful to you all.  I know many more of you would like to bring food, but we simply do not have enough stomachs to feed and it would go to waste.  Mom and Dad instead ask that a donation be made to the Atlanta Community Food Bank in dad's name: http://www.acfb.org/.   Simply click the Donate button and check the box that says "Yes, this is an honor or memorial gift."  Then make an "honor" gift in the name "Stephen Thacker."  It's cold outside and especially during the holidays there are those who need the meals more than we do at the moment.


As the disease progresses we are likely to add additional dates to the food calendar and we will announce this on the site.  At this time we are not going to add any more dates for delivery past June 7,  2013, but may add more dates at a later time.   There is no need to call - we will post any updates to the schedule right here and on the www.TakeThemAMeal.com website.   Please do not drop off food unscheduled at the house.  Thank you so much for your generosity.  


Please do NOT add dates to the schedule on the www.TakeThemAMeal.com website. Mom and Dad are still enjoying cooking dinner at home on dates that are not provided.


If you would like to cook or send a dinner to mom and dad please visit: www.TakeThemAMeal.com

Name: Thacker

Password: 2098

Click here: http://www.takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=EEQV0970

Thank you.

Dad's Big Birthday - 65

On December 30th Steve turns 65.  Our goal was to raise $500 so we can give him a recumbent bike to use at home.  The illness has caused balance issues keeping him from his daily workouts. As many of you know, his workouts and being heart healthy are very important to him.


Since posting this link we have been overwhelmed with an outpouring of donations and are well past our goal-we are bike shopping!  The additional funds raised will go towards a special birthday for Steve and towards his medical care.  We, the Thacker family, cannot express to each one of you how grateful we are to each donation and guestbook post we receive.  We do make sure dad receives your messages.

If you are so inclined to contribute, many thanks in advance.  We will add your name to his birthday card! Any amount is welcome, big or small.  This birthday fundraiser will end December 29th.  Click the link below to donate.


Locker Room Dedication for Steve @ St. Pius

Date: Thursday, 12/27/2012
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: St. Pius X Catholic High School
Facilities Location: Gym - Main gym

Please join the St. Pius X basketball community on December 27th at 5:30, (before the first game for the St. Pius X girls in the Christmas Classic Tournament) to honor Coach Steve Thacker. Steve has coached countless numbers of girls’ basketball players at IHM and St. Pius X for over 20 years. In appreciation of Steve’s contribution to the St. Pius X Community, the girls’ locker room will be named in his honor.

St. Pius X Athletic Director Mark Kelly said, “Steve’s passion is coaching girls’ basketball. He even spends his summer vacation time coaching summer camps. Coach by night and a high level director of the CDC by day, Steve is loved and respected by all who come into contact with him.”

Kristin Vari ’01, Coach Ron Sattele and Coach Stephanie Dunn will be among the hosts for this event.

(404) 636-3023
2674 Johnson Road, NE
Atlanta, GA  30345



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