Cancer Battle Fund

$74,586 of $120k goal

Raised by 603 people in 48 months
Mark Howell  BRIGHTON, MI
We need your help!!! We are a group of people who love Mark Howell dearly. Chances are you know him, and feel the same way we do. PLEASE help us keep the miracle that he is going. For those who don’t know, here’s the background…

Mark Howell is 32 years old. He is a husband to Christina and a father to Gabe, who is almost two years old. He is a son to Steve and Toni, and brother to Mike and Mitch. In November 2012, Mark had surgery to remove a 15 pound tumor from his pancreas. Also removed were his gall bladder, half of his stomach, the top of his pancreas, and part of his large intestine and colon. Since then, Mark has received various forms of treatment, and another surgery to remove more tumors. He has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma. He was not seeing much success until he was accepted into a program at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida for the trial of PD1. By the grace of God, Mark is seeing positive results with this treatment. After the first round, and scan that followed, his tumors showed a 70% shrinkage. A MIRACLE for sure!

Now we need help. Mark MUST travel to Florida for treatment every three weeks. Mark MUST take a number of prescription medications due to these treatments, and the previous surgeries and treatments. These things are keeping our MIRACLE alive and with us! These things have an incredibly high cost. Because of the side effects, Mark is not able to keep up a full time work schedule. His wife, Christina, is a speech pathologist and works full time at McLaren Hospital. Childcare for Gabe (when he isn’t able to be cared for by a family member) is another expense that has become difficult to manage.

Now is the time to give back to this great man and his family. Without funds he will not be able to continue the very things that are keeping him alive. Mark has given a great deal to this community. He has been a mentor and role model for many of the children in our community through his passion for his hometown, soccer and children. He has coached so many of our children, and related to them in ways that many adults can’t. PLEASE help us show what he means to so many of us, and help save his life.

Lauren and Mitch Howell, Sandie and Don Cortez, Barb and Mark Binkley, Lindsay and Ed Koss, Sue and Jim Gardner, Ashley and Mike Howell
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Update 16
Posted by Mark Howell
18 months ago
Just want to take a moment and share my latest update with everyone. Back in April, if you were not aware, I had another tumor removed, this one from my neck. The surgery appeared to be successful, and it was confirmed with my recent trip down to Jacksonville. Not only is the tumor in my neck completely gone, my scans showed that the tumors in and around my stomach are also shrinking, proving that the treatment I have been going through has been successful thus far. I am continuing to receive treatments at UofM in Ann Arbor, and every three months I still travel down to Jacksonville Fl for scans and a treatment. Thank you all for the support through thoughts, prayers, well wishes and donations you have passed my way through this journey. Without all of this help from my friends, family, community and other supporters, I cannot imagine my life being in the place it is right now. Thank you again.
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Update 15
Posted by Mark Howell
25 months ago
We have two things to share. First is that Mark was scanned today after his second round of PD1 treatments and here’s his report:

“Scans were good. Tumor in my neck is a little smaller and tumor in stomach is about the same. Continue on with treatment and keep dominating! Squadoosh”

Second is that we ask that you not look at the total amount raised when you visit this page. This page has supported Mark and his family for two years. While it might seem like a big number, it has been appropriately diminished over two years of very extensive copays on treatments and prescriptions, and travels across the country to meet with doctors who are helping to save Mark’s life. The need is still there, and the need is great.

We are grateful for all the contributions that you all have made, and ask that you help spread the word that the fundraising effort must be ongoing. And, as always, we ask that you keep Mark and his family in your prayers. Thank you very much.
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Update 14
Posted by Mark Howell
26 months ago
We need your help!!! We are a group of people who love Mark Howell dearly. Chances are you know him, and feel the same way we do. PLEASE help us keep the miracle that he is going. For those who don’t know, here’s the background…

Mark Howell is 32 years old. He is a husband to Christina and a father to Gabe, who is almost two years old. He is a son to Steve and Toni, and brother to Mike and Mitch. In November 2012, Mark had surgery to remove a 15 pound tumor from his pancreas. Also removed were his gall bladder, half of his stomach, the top of his pancreas, and part of his large intestine and colon. Since then, Mark has received various forms of treatment, and another surgery to remove more tumors. He has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma. He was not seeing much success until he was accepted into a program at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida for the trial of PD1. By the grace of God, Mark is seeing positive results with this treatment. After the first round, and scan that followed, his tumors showed a 70% shrinkage. A MIRACLE for sure!

Now we need help. Mark MUST travel to Florida for treatment every three weeks. Mark MUST take a number of prescription medications due to these treatments, and the previous surgeries and treatments. These things are keeping our MIRACLE alive and with us! These things have an incredibly high cost. Because of the side effects, Mark is not able to keep up a full time work schedule. His wife, Christina, is a speech pathologist and works full time at McLaren Hospital. Childcare for Gabe (when he isn’t able to be cared for by a family member) is another expense that has become difficult to manage.

Now is the time to give back to this great man and his family. Without funds he will not be able to continue the very things that are keeping him alive. Mark has given a great deal to this community. He has been a mentor and role model for many of the children in our community through his passion for his hometown, soccer and children. He has coached so many of our children, and related to them in ways that many adults can’t. PLEASE help us show what he means to so many of us, and help save his life.

Ashley and Mike Howell, Sandie and Don Cortez, Barb and Mark Binkley, Lindsay and Ed Koss, Sue and Jim Gardner, Lauren and Mitch Howell
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Update 13
Posted by Mark Howell
38 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
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Alena Mauer
33 months ago

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/study-137-Celiac-Disease-(SLC)

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BJ Notacoomer Hardesty
38 months ago

Two websites with particular trials going on for metastatic melanoma: http://centerwatch.com/clinical-trials/listings/condition/723/metastatic-melanoma http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01883323?term=TIL++IL-2&rank=14

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$74,586 of $120k goal

Raised by 603 people in 48 months
Created December 13, 2012
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Rita Rocheleau
7 months ago

Hi Mark I met you at one of the soccer games I am Alyssa Fusco Grandmother. I wish you the best of luck your in my prayers.

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$250
LIsa Fusco
7 months ago

Parent vs Coaches fundraiser game

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wendy thagard
7 months ago
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William Tarnacki II
7 months ago
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$410
Fred Fldmann
7 months ago
MC
$150
misiel conlen
7 months ago
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Alecia Sweeney
7 months ago
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Kristie Doyle
7 months ago
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debbie baierl ulbrich
7 months ago
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$250
James Wilkinson
7 months ago
Alena Mauer
33 months ago

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/study-137-Celiac-Disease-(SLC)

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BJ Notacoomer Hardesty
38 months ago

Two websites with particular trials going on for metastatic melanoma: http://centerwatch.com/clinical-trials/listings/condition/723/metastatic-melanoma http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01883323?term=TIL++IL-2&rank=14

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