Please keep Marc in your thoughts and prayers today as he has ANOTHER surgery on his left leg. Unfortunately, he continues to be in excruciating pain daily and the doctors’ hope with each surgery it will help with the pain and he will be able to keep his leg. We are all so proud of him for enduring all these surgeries with the hope that he does not become a double amputee. We love you brother. XOXO
We wanted to share some happy news with all of you. Marc and I tied the knot on April 17th 2014, one year and two days since our lives were changed forever. We are looking forward to celebrating happy memories that week instead of focusing on the bad. Thank you all for your continued love and support. We appreciate it more than you will ever know...
All our love,
Jen & Marc
The doctors said Marc's surgery went well! When he came out of recovery he was in the expected pain & discomfort associated with this type of painful procedure. He is looking forward to going home to recover.
No one should ever have to go through as many surgeries as he has. He is the strongest person we know! We are all so proud of him for all he has & continues to endure. Thank you again for all the positive thoughts, prayers, love & support to Marc, Jen, Gavin & our entire family! XO
Please keep Marc in your thoughts and prayers today as he goes in for his first of two painful ear surgeries! Unfortunately the surgeries will not make his hearing any better but are necessary to close the holes in his ear drums which will help prevent infections. We love you Marc! XO
I can't believe it has been a year since our brother Marc was so severally injured at the Boston Marathon. I can't believe how drastically Marc, Jen, Gavin and our entire family's lives have been changed forever. The one thing I do believe and thank God for everyday is all the love and support Marc and our family has received from our family, friends and complete strangers. Marc said it best, "there is so much more good in this world than bad", and everyone of you are living proof of that & I truly believe is what has helped Marc and our family get through this.
We have so many people to thank I don't even know where to start. I don't want to leave anyone out so I am not going to name names (except for our "Team of Angels"). I hope you will know when we are talking about you. If I listed everyone individually, I would be writing for days.
THANK YOU to our "Team of Angels" - Kayla Quinn, Pat Foley, Jimmy Davis and Shana Cottone that saved Marc on Boylston Street that day & to the 1st responders, doctors and nurses that helped save Marc's life. He is still with us because of all of you. THANK YOU to the doctors, nurses, prosthetist, physical & occupational therapists who helped him get well and helped him get ready to come home to us. THANK YOU to everyone who sent your love, prayers, kind words, cards, texts, emails and voicemails, it reminded us every day of all the love & goodness in people and touched us more than you will ever know.
THANK YOU to everyone who watched our children. For us to know that they were safe & cared for by people we know, trust and love (& love them) means everything and meant we did not have to worry about them while we were with Marc. THANK YOU to everyone that brought us meals and sent/dropped off gift cards. This meant we didn't have to worry about feeding our family and allowed us more time to be with Marc. THANK YOU to everyone for helping with all the legal, medical, PR, applications and paper work that had to be done for Marc, you helped us make sure he was safe and protected. THANK YOU to all our employers, bosses and coworkers for being understanding and letting us spend every moment we needed to be with or help Marc.
THANK YOU to everyone for their unbelievable generosity, donations, gifts, and fundraising efforts, because of you his financial worries will be that much less. THANK YOU to those who listened when we needed someone to talk or cry to, you helped us be able to breathe again. THANK YOU to all Marc's friends that spent the night at the hospital with him so we could have a break and spend time with our own families. THANK YOU to the Miles for Marc Team and all the other nurses, friends and family that are running the marathon in Marc's honor, you are giving him legs and running because he can't.
THANK YOU to Jennifer, her family and our family, without all the love and support we all have for Marc & each other we would never have been able to get through this unthinkable tragedy. THANK YOU to our significant others for everything they did for us, your love, support & patience means everything. THANK YOU to our children, for sharing us with Uncle Marc-e and understanding that he needed us sometimes even more than they did this past year. THANK YOU to our Mom, Dad and Stepmom for being there for all of us and being stronger than any parent should ever have to be. Marc got his strength, loving heart and determination from you.
THANK YOU to Marc for never giving up and being the strongest person we know. Because of your strength, will to live and determination you are still with us and stronger than ever. You have been an inspiration to us and to everyone that knows you. We are all so proud of you and love you more than you will ever know!
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone that helped Marc, Jen, Gavin and our family in some way! We love you all beyond words! XOXO
Are thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, survivors and their families today. We love you all!
As the one year mark approaches we wanted to give you a quick recap of the past few months. We apologize for not updating more frequently but it has been a tremendously busy time for Marc and our family. Trying to get caught up on everything we had to put on hold since 4/15 was more challenging & has taken longer than any of us had anticipated & still trying to keep up with Marc's ongoing issues...
On 9/28 The Stoneham Police department and close friends and family put on a beautiful fundraiser. Marc surprised his family by walking in on his prosthetic leg for the first time. It was an amazing night.
Oct. 23rd Marc underwent his 3rd amputation on his right leg due to a bone infection, the same day Marcs mother Maureen had surgery. Marcs prosthetic that he had received weeks before no longer could be used due to the operation.
In December, Marc got the opportunity to go skiing with disabled sports at the Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, CO. Marc was able to ski in a mono-sled beside Gavin. It was his opportunity to show Gavin that though things are different now, we can still do the things we used too.
In January Marc underwent another surgery. This time for the left leg that he is still trying to keep. He was non-weight bearing for weeks after the surgery. After his left foot healed, he tried to get on his prosthetic, but the socket did not fit due to swelling in his right stump.
As far as his left leg..it is a quality of life issue. He is unable to stand on it for long periods of time without being in excruciating pain. He is continuing to try and rehab the left leg, now with his prosthetic that he just received a couple of weeks ago.
Marc is seeing the cardiologist on Friday for the shrapnel that is in his Atrium. We are praying that everything will be ok and that we will continue to just monitor it instead of the other option of open heart surgery. We will keep you posted.
Thank you again to EVERYONE..family, friends and complete strangers for everything you have done to support us in the past year. You have no idea how much strength you have given us. Marc continues to say that he pushes through for all of you. That he is so thankful for the love that he has been shown. He continues to keep a positive attitude, and will forever be grateful for all of the love and support you have given to him and our family....
All our love,
Jen, Marc, Gavin & Family.
The picture below is from Breckenridge, CO. where Marc got to play sled hockey for the first time. Marc used to coach Gavin in hockey, it was their favorite thing to do together. Gavins face lit up when he got to see his dad on the ice, it was a moment we will never forget.
The doctors said Marc's surgeries went very well yesterday! When he came out of recovery he was in the expected pain and discomfort associated with the very painful procedures performed but he is looking forward to going home. Thank you for all the positive thoughts, wishes, & prayers. We are very blessed. Thanks again to all of you for the amazing support and kind words to our entire family!
Marc will undergo yet another surgery today"¦.to again cut back the bone in his right residual limb due to another infection. As you can see from the picture he still has a smile on his face and his positive attitude, AMAZING! Good luck today brother, we are all so proud of you and admire your strength and resilience. We all love you so much! Please continue to keep Marc in your thoughts & prayers today and thank you for all the continued love and support. XO
Marc STANDING Strong..........Marc, Jen and Gavin on September 4th at Marcs first fitting for his prosthetic leg...this was the first time in almost 5 months that Marc was able to stand on "two feet". Our whole family was there to witness this amazing milestone in Marc's recovery. Gavin is very excited for the day his daddy gets to come home with his new metal leg, hopefully soon!!! Thank you for your continued thoughts, support and prayers....GO PATRIOTS!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you just doesn't seem like enough to say to all our family, friends, and perfect strangers (who are now part of our family), for all your love, prayers, kind words, cards, unbelievable generosity, fundraising efforts and all the offers to help Marc and our family over these past 4 months! We can't even begin to tell you how much all your love & support has meant to us, especially to Marc, Jen and Gavin. He still has a long road ahead of him, but he is one of the strongest, most determined & loving people I know & we will all continue to help him thru this unthinkable tragedy. Marc is always the first person to help a family member, friend or stranger and it is so nice to see all that love coming back to him.
Thank you for the thousands of emails with kind words, questions & offers to help Marc. When this first happened I thought we would get back to everyone that needed a response as soon as he was better and out of the hospital. We never imagined that he would have been in the hospital for 100 days. I am so sorry if I have not gotten back to you yet but plan to very soon. We will accept anyone's offer to help Marc. If you are still waiting for a response and don't hear back in the next couple of weeks please send me a reminder.
Marc said it best, "there is so much more good in this world than bad", and everyone of you are living proof of that & I truly believe is what has helped Marc and our family get through this.
Please keep him in your prayers. We love you all beyond words! XOXO
Thanks to Flow Roll Jiu Jitsu who has been great to Marc and has raised a lot of money to help him! If you would like to continue to support Marc and other survivors please use the link below to purchase a t shirt.....all proceeds from the Boston Strong 617
T Shirt (Original) will go directly to Marc!
Thank you to the owners Jeff Powers and Luis Velasquez (Boston PD)! http://flowrolljiujitsu.com/?products=boston-strong-t-shirt-original-support-marc-fucarile
After 95 Days, 15 visits to the OR & over 45 operative procedures....Marc is still working harder than ever to get home to Gavin, Jen and our entire family. Marc, we love you so much & are so unbelievably proud of you. You amaze us every day. Your strength & determination is incredible. You are the strongest person we know. You are BOSTON STRONG! XO
On Saturday September 21st there will be a Motorcycle Ride for Marc with a Fundraiser to follow at the Billerica Elks. Staging is at 9am, kickstands up at 10am, and fundraiser is from 1pm to 6pm. There will be food, raffles and live music. Please come, enjoy and show your continued support for Marc! Thank you and God Bless!
Thanks to all the positive thoughts, wishes, and prayers, Marc's Surgeons believe his surgery went well today! When he came out of recovery he was in the expected pain and discomfort associated with the very painful skin grafts and procedure performed today. Once again Jen was by his side in his recovery room! Stay strong, we love you both!
Thanks again to all of you for the amazing support and kind words to our entire family!
Marc and Grammy tonight at the 99 in Woburn. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Marc again tonight before he goes back in to surgery tomorrow! Please keep him in your prayers and keep the love coming!
84 DAYS LATER & MARC IS STILL NOT HOME!.........He stills remains at Spaulding Hospital and has NOT spent one night at home with his son Gavin and fiance Jen. He will continue to be there for the foreseeable future! This picture of Marc and Gavin was taken on the 4th of July the night before Marc was scheduled yet again for another surgery on his left leg. Unfortunately Marc's surgery was cancelled that morning due to another infection in his right stump. We also learned on Friday that he has bone spurs growing in his right stump. MGH have rescheduled his surgery on his left leg for this Thursday July 11th and are hoping this week to figure out a course of action for the bone spurs. Again, thank you to everyone for your continued love and support. Please continue to keep Marc in your thoughts and prayers. We LOVE you all!
What an incredible night! Even though the game didn't end the way we had hoped, it was an amazing night for Marc, Gavin, Jen and the entire family! There are no words to express the gratitude my family has for those who gave us the opportunity to witness last nights once in a lifetime event. On behalf of my entire family I would like to personally thank those directly responsible, Jan Miller & Michael Corbridge, Arthur & Claire Margolis, Theresa & Sandra Riggillo, and Anthony Clark! I would like to apologize in advance if I missed anyone who played a role in this! I truly never expected that people would offer or sacrifice their coveted Bruins tickets to such an important game to allow my family to be a part of Marc's special night! But once again, the selflessness of others towards my brother and our entire family continues to amaze me! This selflessness is what truly defines the city of Boston and translates to the phrase "Boston Strong"! I am so honored that we live in such a caring and compassionate city and I am truly "BOSTON PROUD"! Thank you all! We love you!
Marc has been chosen to be the Boston Bruins Flag Captain for Wednesday nights game #4! Here he is getting a fresh new haircut for the big night from long time friend and owner of the Men's Room Barber Shops, Mike Novia. If anyone knows someone that would be interested in parting with their coveted tickets Marc is hoping to invite family members to be with him for the very special occasion! Thank you all again and GO BRUINS!!!
Not even another Five hour surgery could stop marc from participating in his PT session today! Yesterday's surgery was a great success and each team of doctors were able to accomplish everything they set out to do! Due to the skin grafts Marc will be unable to put any weight on his left leg for at least the next week and has extreme discomfort when sitting up in bed from the removal of the BB's. Once again Marc showed how determined and STRONG he truly is and decided to fight through the pain and sit up and do what PT he could while in his bed! Thank you all again for your continued support and prayers! GO BRUINS!
Tomorrow is a big day for Marc! He will be going back in to surgery to remove a number of foreign bodies that are a concern to the doctors and to finally close his right leg, left ankle, and hopefully left heel. This will be another painful process, especially the skin grafts that will be required to accomplish the wound closures, but will also allow Marc to say goodbye to his wound vacs! The absence of the wound vacs will allow Marc more freedom during PT and hopefully speed up the process of him returning home to us! Please keep Marc in your thoughts and prayers tonight and especially tomorrow while he is in surgery! We love you Marc and know you will be fine ...you are the epitome of "Wicked Strong"!
Marc takes a well deserved rest after walking 80 amazing feet! Marc's incredible determination to return home to his little man and loving family was obvious today as he fought through the pain during his PT session. Keep up the hard work brother ...we are so proud of you!
Marc finally arrives at Spaulding! It was a long 45 days at MGH and we couldn't have been happier with the exceptional care that Marc received and the way our family was treated from the entire staff! With that said, today was a great day and we are very excited about Marc starting the next chapter in his reMARCable recovery!
Although there was no available bed for Marc at Spaulding today, He was still able to maintain his incredibly positive attitude and worked his butt off during his PT session in his room today! Keep Strong brother! We love you and you continue to amaze us everyday! Please keep your fingers crossed for Marc to make it to Spaulding tomorrow....that is the plan as of now!
A Memorial Day to Remember! Just after midnight Marc started to overcome yet another setback that may have prevented him from moving forward to rehab. He continued to improve throughout the day and even enjoyed a wonderful afternoon outside with Jenny, Gavin, other family members and friends. He enjoyed a cheeseburger, pizza and a delicious ice cream cake. I am very happy to report that after a long 43 days, Marc has finally been cleared to head to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital! This could happen as early as tomorrow if they have a room available for Marc. Thank you all so much for your thoughts, prayers and overwhelming generosity! My family can never express how much you all mean to each and every one of us! Please continue to keep Marc close to your hearts and pray for him to return home where he belongs as soon as possible!
THANK YOU to my other AMAZING brother Eddie. I wanted to let everyone know that Marc's brother Eddie is the one posting all these wonderful updates on this site. I just wanted to make sure everyone knew who they should really be thanking. Keep the updates coming Eddie. You are doing an unbelievable job and everyone loves them! I have the two best brothers in the world! They are the most loving, giving, & strongest men I have ever known. I love you guys more than you will ever know!
Looking for something to do inside tomorrow that will help Marc? The Schiavo Club, 71 Tileston St. Everett MA, will be hosting a Fundraiser for Marc on Saturday May 25th from 2pm until 8pm. The family would like to thank ALL those involved in organizing this event...we love you!
After yet another day in the OR to remove the pins from his foot and changing his wound vacs, Marc still maintains his incredibly positive attitude! Marc is exited for the Bruins game tonight even though the Hospital doesn't have the channel for him to watch the game and he will have to stream it on a laptop for the third straight game. Bruins Strong!!!!
Looking for something to do this Memorial Day Weekend? "Race for the Recovery" will be a 5k to benefit Marc at Nelson Park in Plymouth MA. Participate or just cheer on those who will be run/walking. Special thanks to Jessica DePaul and all those who assisted her in organizing this event! We love you!
Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with all those, especially the children, who have been affected by the tornado that has devastated that area! Anyone who visits Marc's page please try and help in anyway you can and keep those families in your thoughts and prayers!
May God Bless You All!
Finally Reunited after almost 5 weeks
JP Norden escapes from Spaulding Rehab and visits with Marc today! His brother Paul Norden made a visit yesterday as well. Marc was so excited to finally have been reunited with both of them! Stay strong guys...we luv all of you!
Boston Strong! Stoneham Strong! Norden Strong! Marc Strong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Meet another one of Marc's Angels
This is Shana Cottone from Boston PD who helped save Marc's life that da! Jimmy Davis would describe her as his "second siren" that day. She was riding shotgun and hanging out the passengers window screaming for people to get out of the way and move to the right to get Marc to the hospital as fast as possible. She has been to visit Marc a few times since and I finally got to meet her on Friday and was able to take this photo. The family has also adopted her as one of our own and she will never be able to get out. We love you Shana and can never repay you for what you did for our family!
Tonight at 10pm on NBC channel 7 please watch Marc's story on Rock Center with Brian Williams! Thank you all and please follow Marc's facebook page ......Marc Fucarile Road to Recovery... for more updates and pics of Marc!
Marc's long awaited visit .................One of Marc's Hero's from that day paid him a visit yesterday! He has been waiting patiently until the time was right and yesterday was the day! Meet Jimmy Davis...we have now officially adopted him in to our family! Jimmy we love you and can never repay you for helping to save Marc's life that day! Jimmy made a critical decision to use the Paddy Wagon he drives to transport Marc and Roseann! He along with many others that day worked as an unbelievable team of Angels that saved Marc and others that day!
Marc had a big day of firsts today....outside for first time and met the driver of the Paddy Wagon that brought him to the MGH for first time! Check back tomorrow for pics, I'm having trouble with the pics tonight! Sorry ...luv u all! Also watch Marc's story on NBC Rock Center with Brian Williams tomorrow night at 10pm!
CBS Evening News (channel 4) at 6:30 with Scott Pelley tonight (5/15/13) as part of the 30 days since the Boston Marathon piece they are running. They are also hoping to air his interview on CBS This Morning, tomorrow morning (5/16/13).
Please follow Marc's story on CBS (channel 4) we are now being informed that it could be aired as early as tonight on CBS news, as well as the CBS Morning Show tomorrow, news again tomorrow night, and also CBSnews.com! Thank you all again!
ABSOLUTELY HEARTBREAKING.......................... is the only way I can describe watching my nephew give his daddy the cards that he and his classmates made for him today in school! You are the stongest little man I have ever seen buddy! I love you so much!
Thanks again for all the thoughts and prayers......they really seemed to help bring some positive news today. Marc went in for yet another surgery today at approximately 8am....he is still in recovery but should be returning to his old room very shortly. The news from the doctors was more positive today than on Friday as far as further infection goes. He is still scheduled to go back to the OR again for another surgery on Wednesday, so please continue to keep Marc in your prayers!
Thank You Again!
LOVE Marc's entire family and friends
Marc makes #1 status on Yahoo square on Yahoo carousel........Marc has been #1 in a lot of peoples hearts but the outpouring of love and support is simply amazing! Thanks to everyone around the world for sharing and following Marcs story. Our family can never repay you all for the endless prayers, support and wishes. Happy Mothers Day to all of the Mothers out there! We love you all!
Mother and Son moment........Mommy and Gavin before heading to his preschool prom tonight. These are the Moments Marc deserves to see but have been stolen from him! Stay strong Jenny and Gavin. We Love you both more than you could ever know and daddy is there with you in spirit tonight!
Marc's back in an ICU room but only for "Procedural Sedation and not for Physiological Reasons". During his OR visit on Wednesday the doctors had to cut more muscle out of his amputated leg. After another 7 hour round trip visit to the OR today, the doctors again removed more infected or dying muscle and had to take more of what is left of his femur bone. The doctor we spoke with today is optomistic that they believe they have found what has been causing the issues in his amputated leg and hope that what they did today will stop those issues. This room allows for specialy trained nurses to administer specific drugs needed to sedate Marc to a point that they can accomplish the excruciating but necessary daily bandage changes without having to bring him to the OR. He is scheduled for another OR trip on Monday. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers! Marc is still in amazing spirits and continues his fight without a single complaint.
I want to go see them ........Once in the chair, Marc said I want to go see my ICU nurses and thank them! They have been coming to see him on a regular basis and checking up on his progress. Today it was his turn to go visit them! Here he is fighting through the pain but determined to wheel himsefl to the elevator and visit them before heading back in to surgery later in the afternoon!
"I CAN DO IT"...Yesterday morning Marc made his way in to a wheelchair for the first time. He helped get himself in the chair, and as always he was trying to help the nurses do their job and offering to hold on to all the tubes. When it was time to head out of the room Marc insisted that he be the one to wheel himself out!
Also... check out this Boston Globe video link http://bcove.me/rimzo3rt and stay tuned for Marc's Road To Recovery Facebook page tha should be coming soon! Thank you all for following Marc...he loves everbody so much!!! If it will not open, right click then select open and it will or copy and paste to your browser...thanks!
Marc returned from the OR today with a gift from his team of Orthopedic Trauma Surgeons for being the last bombing survivor still remaining at MGH. Here he is sporting his very own personal American Flag Medical Scrub Cap. Marc had a minor but not unexpected setback on his amputated limb but the prognosis on his left leg was more positive after todays procedures than on Friday. Thank you again for all the thoughts and prayers Marc will continue to need them for his return to the OR on Wednesday! We love you all!
Please cross your fingers for better news today! Although the news after Marcs OR visit on Friday was not the best, the family is hoping for better news after todays OR visit! Please keep the prayers coming and cross those fingers!
"You better thank them for me"........Everytime we tell Marc a new amazing story of the thoughts, prayers, well wishes, and incredible generosity that all of you have shown to Marc and our entire family, his immediate response is..."you better thank them for me"! Well... there is an old saying that a picture tells a thousand words!
Marc receiving a blood transfusion before heading to the OR today! Here he is on the phone making his first call to his buddy, Paul Norden, who's working hard at rehab, both offering words of encouragement to each other!
Marc's story of survival tonight on ABC Channel 5 news starting at 5pm! Please watch ....Love and thanks from our entire family to all of you for the love and support you have shown over the last two and a half weeks!
Father and Son Moment....Gavin gives Marc his Boston Strong bracelet that he got from his school. Thank you to The Goddard School and EVERYONE for all your prayers, love and support! Marc and his family love you all!
(So many of you have asked for an update on Marc's condition. -Please read the note below. We will do our best to update you on a more regular basis, so please check back often. And, thank you so very much for your thoughts and prayers. Please, please, please keep them coming!)
Marc is one of the few Boston Marathon bombing victims that remain in treatment at local Boston area hospitals.
He is still at Mass General Hospital and will be there for the foreseeable future. He spent his first 10 days in the ICU, where he was in and out of multiple surgeries. The surgeries have focused on the amputation of his right leg, the reconstruction of his extensively damaged left leg and foot, painful skin grafts, and severe shrapnel wounds (including monitoring the shrapnel found in his heart).
His doctors have moved him to the burns unit within MGH where the skin graft surgeries continue. They have been particularly difficult not only because of the challenge of not having much "good skin" to graft, but the pain associated with these surgeries is often difficult to manage. Once the skin grafting surgeries are complete, the left leg reconstruction can resume.
Checks can be made payable to: The Marc Fucarile Fund, c/o Stoneham ME Federal Credit Union, 40 Pine St., Stoneham, MA 02180...On Monday, April 15th my brother Marc Fucarile (pictured on the right), like so many others in New England, celebrated Patriots' Day by cheering on the amazing people that are Boston Marathoners. However, the local holiday and world-famous sports event ended tragically for Marc and his friends.
After the explosions at the finish line, he is now in the Intensive Care Unit at Mass General. His right leg has been amputated above the knee and they are still trying to save his severely damaged left leg. He has first, second and third-degree burns on over half of his body and shrapnel litters most of his body (the most serious being his heart).
Marc's entire family remains optimistic and has not left his side. He is so loved by and important to his friends and family, especially his 5-year-old son, Gavin. We are rallying to support Marc, and any help you can provide - kind words, a prayer, or a donation of any amount - is gratefully accepted by his family.
If you prefer to make donations
by cash or check (please make checks payable to: The Marc Fucarile Fund), they can be mailed to or dropped off at:
The Marc Fucarile Fund
c/o Stoneham ME Federal Credit Union
40 Pine Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
If you would like to send a card or something directly to Marc, please mail it to:
Marc Fucarile P.O. Box 80307 Stoneham, MA 02180
We are happy to report that to date through the efforts of family and friends we have already raised close to $100,000.
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