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Marqus' Healing Campaign

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Marqus is an amazing 20 year who will be celebrating his 21st birthday on November 3rd.  Up until September 11th, 2018 he was studying music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. 

September 11th, Marqus' life was put on hold as he began a battle to save his life.  While in class on 9/10 he started having chest pain and went to the ER.  We recieved a call from the Surgeon at 4am to tell us he was going into the OR for emergent Open Heart Surgery to repair an Aortic Dissection, we quickly booked a flight and were on our way to TN.  He had a 50/50 chance of survival and this young man defied the odds as he gained his strength and was discharged 7 days later to come home to Alabama to recouperate.

September 23rd, he awoke with pain in his chest and shoulders and was brought to the ER and after assessment was tranferred to Thomas Hospital.  The Cardiologist was following the ambulance and organizing a team enroute.  It wasn't until after the surgery that we learned that he almost lost his fight that day, but the amazing team of Physicians and Surgeons performed a second Open Heart Surgery and were able to stop the bleed in his chest and save his life!

Marqus was only home from the second admission for 4 days when he underwent a 3rd surgery because now he there is an infection.  He was transferred to another hospital further from home and as of yesterday 10/28 has undergone 9 Surgeries, 3 of which were Open Heart Surgeries.  This infection is life threatening and Marqus is fighting and trying to keep a positive attitude while fighting to live.

His dad has been on FMLA and with him round the clock except for when he gets relieved to go home to take a shower.  This has been an overwhelming and emotional time for the entire family.  We ask everyone who reads this story to pray for healing for Marqus.

I'm starting this go fund me to try to take any financial burden off of Marqus and my husband who is an amazing and loving father and husband so that our family can focus on the important things; Helping this young man get through the most difficult time of his life.

Marqus is a phenomenal Jazz vocalist and musician who plays Piano, Trumpet and Guitar and has dreams of having a career in the music industry.  He is loved by all who have know him, he has a positive outlook and is looking forward to sharing his faith and ministry with others.

I've attached a picture of him after his first open heart surgery as well as picture of him during one of his performance's at Belmont University.

All donations will be used for expenses incurred and excess will be donated to other charities.


  • Todd Dickson
    • $100 
    • 6 yrs


Tammy McDermott
Foley, AL

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