A portion of Mark’s story is portrayed in the documentary entitled
“An Open Secret” which can be viewed for free at the following link:
Here is his story:
Mark was born and raised in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a sports fanatic and a class leader in elementary, middle school and high school. Immediately after graduating from high school Mark decided to follow his dream of becoming an actor and model which lead him to move to Los Angeles, CA.
During his pursuit of acting and modeling, Mark was victimized and sexually abused by a Pedophile Ring, who are current Hollywood executives. As a direct result of his abuse, Mark’s life spun out of control and for the next 10+ years. Mark became a slave to drugs and alcohol as this was his only coping method to drown out the pain from the sexual abuse he had suffered.
In November 2010, Mark’s family gave Mark an ultimatum for Mark to seek help. Mark didn’t tell his family that he decided to stop “cold turkey”. As a direct result of attempting to detox “cold turkey”, Mark went into seizures. Enroute to the Hospital Mark’s heart stopped and he was without oxygen for nearly 7 minutes. Mark suffered a stroke and traumatic brain injury.
Today, Mark resides in a nursing home in Fairfield Ohio unable to take care of himself. Mark has been residing at Heartland of Woodridge nursing facility for 7 years. He was in the critical care unit for about 1 year of that time. Mark is aware of his surroundings and everything that is going on around him.
Mark is unable to walk and swallow normal foods. Mark is in extreme need of significant treatment and therapy. Mark’s medical expenses are astronomical. In addition, Mark's family does not have a reliable and proper vehicle to transport Mark to his therapy.
Mark recently had surgery on his ankles and his feet so that he can bare weight and eventually learn to walk again. This was a very difficult and invasive surgery with a long and painful recovery. He will need months and months if not years of physical therapy. He has expressed his determination to walk again and will not stop until he is able to.
Mark is unable to voice fully, therefore he answers questions via a communication device (I Pad). He has come a long, long way since that day, November 29 – 2010. But not far enough, he wants to walk, he wants to talk, he wants to eat solid food and he wants to come home.
The Ryan's family's goal is to be able to afford to have Mark transferred to a proper rehabilitation facility such as Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Colorado.
Mark has a lot to say and his story will help countless people.
Mark deserves the right to tell his story.
Mark needs your help to receive the treatment he needs to further his recovery.
- Larry Slaven
- Jen Isadore (Potts)
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