Steve Timmons was born August 11, 1973 in Fairfield, California. His dad was in the military which allowed him to move around the world throughout his childhood to places as diverse as Michigan and the Philippines. Because the family moved around so much, Steve was always starting over and trying to fit in. As a kid, he loved music and at one point considered himself a break-dancer.
Steve graduated from White Settlement, Texas C.F. Brewer High School in 1992. After graduating, he began his work career at SAM’S Wholesales Club. While working at SAM’S, he met a young lady and two years down the road, he was blessed with a son and then a daughter just a year later.

In 2003 Steve started falling down and losing his balance more and more. By then he was married and had a combined family of 4 children. He soon was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system (the central nervous system or CNS, consists of the brain and spinal cord) that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body.
At the time Steve only knew one person with MS. She was a lady who needed to use a wheelchair and had minimal use of her limbs. He had no idea what MS was and the debilitating effect that it can have on the whole mind and body. With hindsight, Steve recalled that he had begun losing his hearing a year earlier but never made the connection.
Within a week of being diagnosed, Steve met Travis Ehrhardt at a MS meeting and began working out with him to regain his strength and to build his muscles. In a short time, he saw a noticeable improvement in his strength and balance. Tragically, in October of 2005, Steve was hospitalized for 2 weeks with viral meningitis of the brain. (Viral meningitis is the most common type of meningitis, an inflammation of the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord.) Steve has always been very strong and determined; when he was in the hospital he told the doctor that he had tickets to the Chicago Bears game and was determined to make it…and he made it to the game!
After getting out of the hospital, Steve had a major MINDSET change and decided that he wanted to prove that his illness wasn’t him. “MS does not define us, we define what MS is.” He then changed how he worked out with Travis and began going to yoga and aquatics to build upper body strength. In 2010 he got a hand-cycle and started training to ride in the annual MS Bike Ride. In 2011 Steve rode his first MS ride completing 84 miles on his own (with no teammates) all utilizing only his arms to pedal the bike. In 2012 Steve co-founded the MINDSET Bike Team and participated in the ride again. In December 2015, he received a 3 wheel bicycle accommodating the use of his legs. He rode in the MS Charity ride in 2016 and 2017 raising thousands of dollars for MS research.
Steve is determined to motivate and to empower others not to give up; to keep moving forward. “Whatever you set your mind to do you can do it! There is always something in life that you have to adapt to physically, financially and emotionally. You have to get past the roadblock and keep going. Keep living life to its fullest!"