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