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Mark House Fights Colon Cancer!

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Raised by 40 people in 6 months
Created December 29, 2018
Cancer touches all of our lives. Mark is facing it now and needs your help. We are Mark's family, and we stand beside him in this battle ahead. Won't you join us?

Mark has just been diagnosed with a  6 cm mass in his colon, which not only has to come out (surgery is on January 15th), but also has to be biopsied further to determine cancer extent and further treatment. This surgery entails taking out a long section of his colon, and then sewing the two ends back together. The primary focus for the first month is the healing of these two ends as this is a high-risk surgery. It may mean a second surgery to put a colostomy bag in place to aid healing.

Everyone who knows Mark knows he is not one who easily asks for help. In fact, he goes out of his way to help others while putting his own needs at the back of the line. For instance, he has had his parents living with him for the past nine years, and this past year has helped move his sister in with him too - all to furnish us with a much needed support system and a roof over our heads.

As if that wasn't enough of a generous heart, he drove his mother to radiation treatments every day for five weeks during her breast cancer treatment, and just this past year, with everything else going on for him, he has been driving his sister to her psychiatric electroconvulsive therapy treatments multiple times a week for three months.

This year alone, Mark has had a hard and expensive year of surgery and recovery; of weekly professional treatments plus beginning daily, life-long treatments for lymphedema; taking on the handyman role at home now that his father has Parkinson's; and now the biggest obstacle: colon cancer. We all know that Mark gets through good times and bad through humor and jokes. It has been a side-splitting year! Stay tuned here for updates from Mark and be prepared to laugh alongside him.

Unfortunately, with this latest diagnosis, he is looking at another year of high costs, and his insurance coverage has been decreased. Mark expects to pay at least $5000 out of pocket for this surgery, plus an unknown amount for chemotherapy and any follow-up treatments, i.e. radiation, further colonoscopies, blood work, etc.

Please consider this as a clarion call to support Mark in his fight against cancer.

We're asking today for your help behind a fantastic, giving man by rallying to his aid in these ways:

The first, best and most direct help you can give, is through this GoFundMe effort. Literally, every dollar counts. If Mark's generous heart and love of life has ever touched you, please consider taking this time to show that back in his time of need. Your donation goes right to the cost of Mark's surgery and treatments.

The second way is to share this GoFundMe far and wide: $5 from a stranger matters. $10 from a coworker makes a difference.

And finally, please hold Mark in your hearts and prayers. He has a strong faith, but even the strong need support.

We are all so blessed to be part of Mark's life and network, be it local or extended around the nation. This is our chance to do something together, to rally and support him, so that Mark can heal.

With our deepest gratitude,

Mark's family


*Costume Day for Make-A-Wish Child Who Came to Mark's Workplace

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*Mark's Family: (parents sitting) Steve and Cheryl, (standing) Deb and Mark

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1/30/19

Post-Surgical Update from Mark

Hi Everyone!
I saw my surgeon for my follow-up appointment today. Praise the Lord! The mass I had taken out was cancer-free. The doctor was surprised but elated, as were we all --considering the CT scan’s size of it. I will not be needing any further treatments except a yearly colonoscopy (yay, more reading of Dave Berry and buying stock in Charmin).

Coast clear? Sadly, nay nay. The pathologist and surgeon agree that I need to pursue my lymphedema based on the looks of the pathology results and what they found. I have been treated for it for a little less than a year now, but I’ve never had lab work to determine the cause. Therefore, I see my primary care doc on Friday to get a referral to another specialist and see what develops. Could it have caused the mass? We don’t know. Is there a reason for concern? Absolutely. But, God is in control and I trust Him explicitly.

Thank you all for helping me get through this major, major hurdle. It’s a time to celebrate, as you all (my army of supporters) carried me over this finish line.

I’ll post results on any news on my lymphedema. To infinity...
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Hooray! And Thank You! Here is Mark with the final update:
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1/15/19 5:30pm
Mark is safely in recovery and doing well! A three-hour surgery that his surgeon is pleased with. The pathologist opened the resected piece of colon and was able to show that the tumor was completely out.
Thank you for sending all the good thoughts and vibes, and praying for all of us!
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Today's the day! Surgery is at 1pm CST. Thank you so much for all your support!! We made it past the first goal of paying Mark's surgeon and initial hospital bills due before surgery today. Mark knows you are all behind him, and appreciates your prayers, thoughts snd donations more than he can say.
Here's Mark right before he gets his IV:
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