Mark's fund for stage 4 cancer

$17,485 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 214 people in 37 months

I met Mark in 2013. We were both single parents, he has three children and I have two. Their ages at the time of his re-diagnosis ranged from 3 to 10.

When we met, he was recovering from stage 3b colon cancer. He had completed surgery to remove part of his colon, radiation and chemotherapy. A month into our relationship, we found out he was cancer free, he lived cancer free for about a year, until a routine scan showed something in his lungs.

There were a few spots in his lungs that they were keeping an eye on. When it seemed to look as they were growing, the oncologist decided to biopsy the largest spot.

In November of 2014, a month after moving in together to become a blended family of 7,  we found out it was in fact cancer in his lungs. It is a metastasized spread of the colon cancer. There were 3 tumours in his lungs and one in his aorta, but now this number has grown to 6 tumours in his lungs. We are told that  they are inoperable.

The oncologist has told us this disease is not curable. All treatment from this point on is about extending Mark's life. The 5 year survival rate for his cancer is 11.5%. The average life span of someone with this cancer is 2 years. We want to defy those odds.

There is a new radiation treatment called stereotactic radiation which Mark tried last year to shrink the original 4 spots.  The treatment did shrink the four spots they radiated, but now they have detected 3 new tumours.

He is off work and trying to make ends meet for the family while going through this treatment.


Mark is also wanting to try some alternative treatments through naturopathic doctors to try and cure or manage this cancer so he can try to live a normal life for as long as possible and be there for our five children.

Naturopathic treatments are not covered by medical and are very expensive. 

Mark currently relies on his disabilty insurance as we support all five of our children, but his coverage is only half of his previous income. I also need to take time off from my job to take care of him and the children through treatment and on days when  he is not well and he cannot care for himself.

Donations will help ease the financial stress of keeping a family of 7 afloat and allow him to not get further into debt, trying to provide for his children and trying to afford medical expenses. 

Mark also would like to try to travel while he is well because with an incureable illness, we do not know what the future holds.

We hope to find a cure so he can be the father and partner he wants to be. I love him very much and he has a large family who love and adore him.

Thank you!

Update:

We are told that Mark will be on chemo for the rest of his life, so he is trying to hold off for as long as possible, in order to have some normalcy in his life. He also suffers from pain from the previous treatment he has received: radiation damage to his hips which make it impossible to work in a job where he must stand for long periods.

Mark has tried some Viatmin C IV Therapy and other treatment available through a naturopath. He is currently taking Mistletoe injections which do seem to help.

He did stereotactic radiation last summer but developed radiation penumonitis from this. This is inflammation of his lungs that makes him very sick and weak. He is had to take steroids to overcome the radation pneumonitis, but these steroids come with many side effects including anxiety, difficulty sleeping and personality changes. This made life very challenging for the entire household.

Words cannot express how thankful we are for your support.

Update: Mark did treatment with a new drug for 6 months last year. He is off of it now as the side effects were quite severe. He is going to be starting Chemo again instead.


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Sorry for the delay in updates. Mark had been struggling quite a bit at the end of last year, partly due to the side effects of the drug he has been taking for almost 6 months. The doctor decided to taking him off of it in December as a break before Christmas and he has been off of all treatment since.

He met with his doctor today and it looks like his tumor markers are up so the doctor recommended he go back onto treatment. Dr Sasha recommends he try a different drug instead (Chemo) since the last drug affected Mark so badly. His rash is still apparent and he has been off of it for over a month and a half. So next week he is starting Avastin and Xoleda and hopefully they don’t create as many issues for him. Thank you for your support. Hoping for the best.
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Well it has been a very long time since I have updated on Mark's status. His treatment has been continuing every two week since summer. It has had its challenges, due to the fatigue and headaches it causes him, as well as the skin problems which seem to be getting worse with each treatment. Today we met with his oncologist, who has set a date for him to have a PET scan on December 16. The doctor (Dr. Sasha) says his blood work looks great and his tumor marker is at 5 which is very low. We asked if Mark will ever be off of this treatment, to which he replied no, not until they find a cure or other treatment for this awful and incurable disease. This is why it is very important for us to raise money for him, as the doctor has mentioned possibly sending Mark to California to try new treatments or clinical trials etc. Mark is feeling quite depressed due to this illness, and the treatment is also taking its toll on him mentally. Thank you for your continued support.
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Mark had his 4th round of Vectibix this week at Lions Gate Hospital. His tumor markers keep plummeting and even his rash is getting better and more manageable. The doctor is happy with how Treatment is going and this will be continuing every two weeks for the rest of the year.
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Mark had his 2nd round of Vectibix today at Lions Gate Hospital. He is starting to get a bad rash on his face and back and chest, and his skin is getting very dry, but he is feeling pretty good so far. Doctor said his tumor marker went down from 168 to 107 so far!!! Very exciting!!! Dr gave him some cream for the rash and antibiotics. He will continue this treatment every two weeks until November.
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Michele Platje Devlin
23 months ago
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For every one of you that said, "Let me know how I can help." Or, "I wish I could help". Or something like that and are still looking, I have your answer! It is easy and costs about 5 lattes a month. That's it. 100 people giving up 5 lattes a month to help this family for a year. ($25 a month for a year.) It is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Mark is in Stage 4 of the disease. Help, please! Make life a lttle easier for Mark, Anita and their kids.

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Jessica Hugh
7 months ago

This is so awesome to hear!!

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Skye Coe
14 months ago

Find a site called 'The Truth About Cancer' as well as book of same title. My oncologist has been willing to run tests needed to show that my alternative therapies are working. So many possibilities, so don't give in to theory that cancer is a death sentence. It is not. When given proper treatment and support the human body can more than adequately deal with cancer cells that are always present anyway. Each pathway to healing and wholeness is unique and I'm sure that intuition and your faith will guide you well!!

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Bonita Boutilier
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Hi Anita, I follow your posts about Mark and the love you share with each other. Its so beautiful and I pray that he gets the treatment he needs to finally beat this stupid disease. You are so strong and supportive and both of you are blessed to have each other in your lives. lots of love Bonita

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Michele Platje Devlin
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For every one of you that said, "Let me know how I can help." Or, "I wish I could help". Or something like that and are still looking, I have your answer! It is easy and costs about 5 lattes a month. That's it. 100 people giving up 5 lattes a month to help this family for a year. ($25 a month for a year.) It is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Mark is in Stage 4 of the disease. Help, please! Make life a lttle easier for Mark, Anita and their kids.

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Jessica Hugh
7 months ago

This is so awesome to hear!!

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Skye Coe
14 months ago

Find a site called 'The Truth About Cancer' as well as book of same title. My oncologist has been willing to run tests needed to show that my alternative therapies are working. So many possibilities, so don't give in to theory that cancer is a death sentence. It is not. When given proper treatment and support the human body can more than adequately deal with cancer cells that are always present anyway. Each pathway to healing and wholeness is unique and I'm sure that intuition and your faith will guide you well!!

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