PHOENIX, Arizona, September 12. Dana (Steele) MacCrimmon (45), daughter of retired coach Bob Steele, passed away on August 11 from an aneurysm following a minor fire call she made as a member of the Carbondale Fire Department. Dana was a great giver to many causes that helped people improve themselves or their lives. She grew-up with swimming being held by Bob’s teammates as an infant, babysat by high schoolers in elementary school, serving as a runner at AAU meets, cheering SIU swimmers as a teenager, partying with them as an SIU student, and finally attending Cal State University celebrations in her adult years. Dana was a swimming groupie although she was a gymnast for eight years and had degrees in anthropology, archeology, and was completing a master’s degree in speech therapy.
She leaves three children; Justin, Cody, and Mallory all college students.
Dana’s legacy will be teaching Fire Safety to over 1,300 Carbondale fifth graders and serving as the coordinator/director of the Southern Illinois Children’s Burn Camp for youngsters that had been hospitalized for burn treatment. She was a beautiful, giving, counselor to disfigured young people with, emotionally upsetting lives. Dana’s mission was to build self-esteem. She helped raise $15,000 annually to fund the camps at the SIU Touch of Nature Camps at Little Grassy Lake which included, if necessary, sending transportation to get the campers.
Coach Steele has taken maintaining Dana’s legacy as a personal mission and requests teams or individuals to make a donation to the Southern Illinois Children’s Burn Camp and footnote checks Dana’s Kids. Send contributions to the Carbondale Fire Department, 200 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale, IL – 62901.
An alternative would be to support your local Fire Department Burn Camp by tagging your team fundraiser, like Swim-A-Thon, as many teams do. Every state conducts camps and all raise funds and use volunteer help and counselors. Please support these great camps for kids in need so they experience; swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and more.