“Stephan battled lung cancer for seven years. As anyone who has been through it knows, you feel so helpless. As loved ones, we’re not trained in health care. There is no guide to call, no one to tell you what to do. Yet you’ll do anything to help. Cancer has been a constant in my life. My mother. Anne Klein. My best friend Lynn Kohlman. And here, Stephan. So it’s not surprising his death was followed by the birth of the Urban Zen Foundation, which has come define all that I do and care about. It is Stephan’s legacy as much as it is mine. He knew that I had to do Urban Zen, he was very clear about that. We talked about it all the time.
On June 10, 2001 when Stephan died, the call to create became all the more urgent. I had a purpose: to change the health care system into a well-being system, integrating Eastern and Western practices. A philosophy of living emerged with three components: preservation of culture, integrative healthcare, and integrative education.”