Help Mark fight West Nile Virus

$12,735 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 121 people in 45 months
In August, our friend and co-worker Mark Maynard was the first person in Massachusetts this year to contract the West Nile virus from a mosquito bite. This neuroinvasive affliction has kept him in hospitals and physical rehab ever since. Mark, a skilled tradesman, has been a offset printer with the same company for 22 years. Mark is also a very talented photographer… but he can’t even lift his arms anymore. Mark’s recovery is uncertain… he has lost the use of his legs and is confined to a wheelchair, All from a mosquito bite! It could happen to anyone. He especially needs financial help now with employment benefits drying up and medical and rehab bills soon piling up. We are not sure if he will ever return to work.

Mark is a hard-working American tradesman who has worked his ass off for the last 22 years, only to be brought down by a mosquito bite. We want to help any way we can and hope others might be inspired to assist as well… all funds will go directly to Mark and his beautiful wife Alex. We are praying he overcomes this virus but recovery will be lengthy and difficult.

Everybody says, “let us know if we can do anything…” Here’s your chance! Thanks for helping out.

Sincerely,

Marks Friends, Family and Co-workers.

PS...Mosquitos Suck!
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Hi Everybody,
I am blown away that people are still sharing and donating to help with Marks recovery. Its been over 4 months and Mark now spends his days living in a Nursing facility in NH and still unable to go home. Mark and his wife are working little by little to get all the needed ramps and lifts installed in their home so that someday he can return. The generosity of everybody has made it possible. $11628.00 is a lot of money......thanks to everybody that has helped.

Thanks again for supporting my friend and co-worker.

Remember....mosquito's SUCK!

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Hi Everybody,
Thanks to everybody who continues to give and share the link, looks like its still going pretty strong.

Mark is still pretty banged up and possibly leaving rehab for a skilled nursing facility soon, unfortunately the nursing facilities don't have the same level of OT and PT as the rehabs do!! ugh!

Regardless of where he goes next it wont be back to his job as a Pressman, he has a rough road ahead both physically and financially......Thanks again to everybody that is helping! Spread the word!

F#@K mosquito's

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HI Everybody,
Just wanted to update everyone. Fundraiser is going well and I am sure mark and Alex have a little less to worry about because of it. Pretty impressed at how people step up to help out. Mark is still in rehab and working on getting better but obviously sick of the four walls he's been living in for 3 months. Keep on sharing & passing the word!!

Who would of thought a mosquito bite would have turned a life upside down. Really sucks!!

F#@k mosquito's!!!

Marks a fighter and will eventually beat all this BS thanks to everybody.

Thanks again!

Tim
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Hey Gang,
thanks a bunch for all the sharing and passing the links. Marks still has a pretty rough road ahead. Soon he will be leaving rehab and looking for proper housing to fit his new ride (wheelchair). I am sure hes pretty sick of the 4 walls he has been looking at for the last couple months so shoot him a text or IM him.......Thanks again!!

Mosquito's Suck!!!
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Tracie Elizabeth Alam-Brosious
45 months ago
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My dad went through this 2 years ago in August! He had west nile and it caused encephalitis and meningitis, which caused a very high fever, septic shock, extreme pain, and destroyed the myelin sheaths over his nerves so he wasnt able to walk, eat by himself raise his arms.. it was horrible. But pretty quickly he started recovering and now almost all of the damage has repaired itself. He was mostly better by 1 year. He has a very slight cognitive decline and he is just a little weaker physically than he use to be. But overall, he feels normal again. Anyways I just wanted to leave you this comment so that you can ask questions along the way if you would like. My dad's doctors didn't know what to expect or do. Feel free to msg or FB me.. I can pass it on to my dad. Take care .

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Alex Tao
45 months ago
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Thanks to everyone who have reached out and helped us! And for spreading the word and continuing to spreading it. Thanks also for everyone's stories about their own experiences with West Nile virus.

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45 months ago
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Tracie thank you so much for this comment . It gives us hope that Mark will recover ! As his Mom, I can only hope he recovers like your dad. Thank you

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Kathy Fortner
36 months ago

My husband was also initially partially paralyzed by West Nile in Oct 2013. In February he had been in a rehab center for a month without much improvement...couldn't move around in the bed, sit up, stand or use his right hand or left leg at all. That's when we found hyperbaric oxygen therapy. I started taking him every weekday for 40 treatments. By treatment 21 he was starting to stand and take steps...HBOT made ALL the difference. The physical therapists told us they thought he'd be wasting him money but we so happy to see how wrong they were. If you can find a good HBOT provider that would do a world of good, but it isn't cheap and insurance doesn't cover it. Look into it and we'd be happy to share more of our experience if you'd like message us back. Kathy and Mike Fortner, Livonia MI

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Teri Bryan
45 months ago

My husband passed away two years ago from west Nile. It was truly horrible. It was a 74-year-old man who is healthy in all respects and active in our community. With one little mosquito bite that developed into meningitis and encephalitis. The doctors gave me hope. And said that he would be just fine. 10 days later he was gone. Doctors don't really know how to treat the West Nile virus.

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JS
$50
Jimmy Sugrue
38 months ago

Keep us posted with any good news, Mark. Don't tell the insect police.........but I murdered a few mosquitoes for you the other day.

SL
$25
Seymour Levy
38 months ago

Mark, I wish you the best.

DP
$20
Danielle C Peacock
40 months ago (Monthly Donation)
DP
$20
Danielle C Peacock
41 months ago (Monthly Donation)
MS
$100
Mike Sergio
42 months ago
GM
$500
George and Marie McKinney
42 months ago (Monthly Donation)
DP
$20
Danielle C Peacock
42 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$61
Milagros Barcus
42 months ago

Love you Mark. We are not waiting to win the Powerball so we could help.

JS
$61
Jimmy Sugrue
42 months ago

Milagros made me go first, so she can be the hero. Keep going Mark!

$250
Anonymous
42 months ago
Tracie Elizabeth Alam-Brosious
45 months ago
3
3

My dad went through this 2 years ago in August! He had west nile and it caused encephalitis and meningitis, which caused a very high fever, septic shock, extreme pain, and destroyed the myelin sheaths over his nerves so he wasnt able to walk, eat by himself raise his arms.. it was horrible. But pretty quickly he started recovering and now almost all of the damage has repaired itself. He was mostly better by 1 year. He has a very slight cognitive decline and he is just a little weaker physically than he use to be. But overall, he feels normal again. Anyways I just wanted to leave you this comment so that you can ask questions along the way if you would like. My dad's doctors didn't know what to expect or do. Feel free to msg or FB me.. I can pass it on to my dad. Take care .

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Alex Tao
45 months ago
1
1

Thanks to everyone who have reached out and helped us! And for spreading the word and continuing to spreading it. Thanks also for everyone's stories about their own experiences with West Nile virus.

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45 months ago
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1

Tracie thank you so much for this comment . It gives us hope that Mark will recover ! As his Mom, I can only hope he recovers like your dad. Thank you

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Kathy Fortner
36 months ago

My husband was also initially partially paralyzed by West Nile in Oct 2013. In February he had been in a rehab center for a month without much improvement...couldn't move around in the bed, sit up, stand or use his right hand or left leg at all. That's when we found hyperbaric oxygen therapy. I started taking him every weekday for 40 treatments. By treatment 21 he was starting to stand and take steps...HBOT made ALL the difference. The physical therapists told us they thought he'd be wasting him money but we so happy to see how wrong they were. If you can find a good HBOT provider that would do a world of good, but it isn't cheap and insurance doesn't cover it. Look into it and we'd be happy to share more of our experience if you'd like message us back. Kathy and Mike Fortner, Livonia MI

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Teri Bryan
45 months ago

My husband passed away two years ago from west Nile. It was truly horrible. It was a 74-year-old man who is healthy in all respects and active in our community. With one little mosquito bite that developed into meningitis and encephalitis. The doctors gave me hope. And said that he would be just fine. 10 days later he was gone. Doctors don't really know how to treat the West Nile virus.

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