Below is the link and code to Stephen's service. The link will go live at 3:55 p.m., Saturday January 16, 2021:
Stephen Nicholas Korontjis was born on December 8th, 1997 at Medical City Hospital in Dallas, TX. He was a healthy full-term pregnancy delivered by c-section. At 3 months old his pediatrician advised that he needed to see a neurologist as he was unable to hold his head up by himself. Thus, began the journey to diagnose and care for his condition, which at 2 years of age it was diagnosed as Cerebral Palsy. Over the years, he was blessed to have some of the most remarkable therapists, with their weekly visits they became an extension of his family. At age 3, he began his academic career within the Mesquite Independent School District and loved every minute of it. He attended Rugel Elementary School, Porter Elementary School, Thompson Elementary School, Mackey Elementary School, Berry Middle School, and John Horn High School where he graduated in the spring of 2017.
Rain or shine, you could find him in the stands at every soccer, basketball, baseball, and football game his brothers played in. Wherever the family went, you were sure to find Stephen there with them. Some of his favorite pastimes were watching tv and movies with vibrant colors that had catchy upbeat music, spending quality time with his family, and playing with his toys. When he was with his family, there was not a single thing that he didn’t find entertaining.
For several years, Stephen and his family were involved with Highland Park United Methodist Church’s respite program called, Night Owls. Night Owls allowed Stephen and his brothers to have a night away from their parents once a month to build friendships and bond with people in similar situations, which afforded his parents a monthly date night. Stephen’s favorite part of Night Owls was the annual family weekend away at Camp John Marc in Morgan, TX, where countless wonderful memories and friendships were made.
In 2016 Stephen was granted a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World. It truly was the trip of a lifetime, and one that will forever be in the hearts of his family. The trip created a family love for Florida and resulted in several memorable vacations back to the beach since.
In lieu of flowers the family would ask for donations in Stephen’s name to Texas Scottish Rite as they provided 18 years of exceptional care for him in coordinating his health needs. The family would like to help others who share similar situations to Stephen’s.
On January 12th, 2021 at Medical City Hospital, the same hospital he was born in, Stephen peacefully passed away at the age of 23. The family made the decision to donate his organs so that he could continue to live on through others in need. To honor the decision and his life, the hospital provided an Honor Walk where the doctors and nurses lined the halls as Stephen made his final journey. He leaves behind the Korontjis and Campbell families, his father, Andrew Korontjis, his mother, Marcia Korontjis, his two older brothers, Brandon Korontjis, and Michael Korontjis, and his godparents, Stephen and Joy Konstans.