Cancer Battle Fund

 
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Mark Howell

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My name is Mark Howell, I am 30 years old and am a husband to an amazing wife, Christina, a father of beautiful baby boy who came into my life in October, Gabriel, they are my inspiratio... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Mark Howell 6 months ago

So, last time I updated was about 3 months ago. Since then, I have had a surgery to remove 5 more tumors and a kidney, was said to be cancer free, waited about 6 weeks, had another set of scans and tests and received news that the cancer has grown back again and has spread to a small region of my neck as well. I was in the process of being accepted into the National Cancer Institute in Maryland as both, University of Michigan and Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa Bay Florida suggested it was my best treatment option. Now with the government shutdown, National Cancer Institute is not accepting any new patients because they are government funded. This was not only my best shot for treatment, but many others in this country as well. The shutdown is taking away the opportunity of more than 200 cancer patients per week to be correctly treated at possibly the only place they can be treated. I am now exploring other options, but no other places in the US offer the treatment I was to receive at NCI. Thank you everyone for your support, thoughts, and prayers.

- Mark

 
 
 

Updated posted by Mark Howell 9 months ago

Just an update for everyone. Today I received results from my 6 week scan after my last treatment. A little bit of a bittersweet day, cancer has not "spread" anywhere which is great news, but it is still showing in 4 lymph nodes. We are working on next steps and what the action moving forward will be, either surgery to remove them, or another round of treatment to get rid of this once and for all. I appreciate, and cannot thank enough, or even begin to show the gratitude for all of the support, thoughts, prayers, everything, that all of you have given me over the past 7 months. I will keep fighting, this isn't over, and I am going to win.

 
 
 

Updated posted by Mark Howell 12 months ago

So it has been a while, and here is an update for everyone. The diagnosis of pancreatic cancer was incorrect and am being treated for stage 4 melanoma or technically metastatic melanoma. Immunotherapy is the form of treatment I am currently going through and it is being administered at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I have gone through three treatments so far and have one more to go and then some more testing to see the progress. Currently I am feeling pretty well, just really tired after the treatments. Thanks again for all the support everyone has shown through my battle.

 
 
 
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Created by Mark Howell on December 13, 2012

My name is Mark Howell, I am 30 years old and am a husband to an amazing wife, Christina, a father of beautiful baby boy who came into my life in October, Gabriel, they are my inspiration and my strength. I have recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and I am attempting to raise money to assist with all of the medical bills I will be experiencing throughout my battle with cancer. I have completed a very complex whipple surgery, in which the top of my pancreas, half of my stomach, my gall bladder, part of large intestine, and piece of my colon has been removed. Starting in January of 2013, I will begin my chemotherapy treatment and this begins with my trip to MD Anderson Cancer and Research Center where they told me I will have my "chemo cocktail" developed. I have a very positive outlook on this whole diagnosis, and believe I can beat it. The support I have received from my wife, my immediate family, the church, my small community of Brighton, MI where I grew up, the extended soccer community, friends, friends of friends, the list goes on, has been absolutely touching and moving. I am trying to raise money to offset the expenses that are coming directly from all of the medical treatment I will be receiving over the next year maybe more. Any help you can give, is more than appreciated, and if you can do anything at all, at least keep my family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.
 
 
 
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This is so saddening. I don't make personal donations. But I do contribute to an organization as a whole to help support research work. All the best! Alena | http://www.acr-research.com/st udy-137-Celiac-Disease-(SLC)

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Im sorry i cant donate but i want to wish you and your familie the best of luck and may god be at your side! Ps i myzelf got a page but it wont show up in search can u maybe help me in what i did wrong? thanks and best of luck to you and your family My page gofundme.com/1slne0

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