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Stay In The Fight for Mark Wheeler

$23,650 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 268 people in 7 months
Created June 28, 2017

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Family and friends pray for the speedy recovery of Mark Gregory Wheeler. Mark was recently diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer. We are all still processing the news.  From what started as back pain, resulted in extensive spinal surgery, to the fight of his life.  Anyone that knows him will say without hesitation, that Mark is such a great person…a family man with a kind heart and generous disposition.  He’s a private person, so agreeing to allow us to start this campaign must have been a tough decision.  Many of us who have had to deal with cancer and its treatment know it comes with high medical costs.  We hope to raise funds in order to help Mark fight and overcome this cancer. 

Mark Gregory Wheeler, 39 years old, was born in Flint, Michigan and is the third of five siblings.  Mark honorably served in the United States Marine Corps from 1998 through 2005 as a Corporal.  He was stationed in Kuwait for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His Unit was the 1st Battalion 24th Marines.

Mark joined the United States Border Patrol in 2009.  He was stationed in El Centro, California, where he met and married his loving wife Karina. The Patrol brought them to Havre, Montana where Mark became a proud member and Commander of his sector’s Honor Guard.  He’s participated in numerous funerals, memorials and esprit de corps events.  Mark’s Honor Guard and Patrol family have been steadfast in prayer and support for his recovery.

Mark recently received a transfer back to California to be closer to family and establish a new home.  Together, Mark and Karina have five beautiful children, ages 2, 4, 13, 21 and 25.  Mark grew up loving sports and instilled this passion onto his kids.  He is the sole provider for this wonderful family. His wife and children have expressed nothing but faithful love for Mark, especially during this life changing event.

Mark is extremely grateful for all the support and wants to tell everyone that has helped him and his family, “THANK YOU”.






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From Karina: Update from today's Oncology visit 2/14/8

Brain scan is clear. Pet scan shows cancer in lung has gotten smaller and the cancer on the tailbone/hip area is showing less activity. Dr has given us a couple options.

1) We could continue with the maintenance chemo plan just like we have been doing indefinitely or until the cancer leaves his body.

2) Dr mentioned Radiosurgery. Radiosurgery is more precise and targets the cancer/tumors deep inside the body without the risks of doing surgery. Mark has decided he wants to give it a try. Dr. Lau has made a referral for us to consult with the Radiosurgery Dr in Phoenix. There will be a couple trips and stays in Phoenix if the consultation goes smoothly, we are willing to try and just pray for the best results possible.

We should be receiving a call from Phoenix within the next couple of days. Schedule a consultation and go from there.

Thank you all for your continuous prayers. We wouldn't be where we are without your faith, support and endless prayers.
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Update from Karina...1/24/18, yesterday's oncology appt/chemo.

Since last visit, Mark has kept his weight at 205. Every day, he is slowly feeling stronger. He still has pain but it’s managed and controlled. He also gets tired and nauseous once in awhile but has managed to keep his spirits up through it all. I've never seen him this good before. Mark wants to go back to work but the Dr doesn't want him to rush into it. He is considering maybe in the near future.

There is a brain scan scheduled for February 8th and another pet scan on February 12th. We are Praying for great results as there's possibly a miracle in the making. I honestly and wholeheartedly feel that your prayers have gotten us this far! Mark is resting right now as the chemo is kicking in... We ask for you to continue to stay in the fight and please pray! We thank you all so much! Love you!
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12/28/17 From Karina: Update from today's visit with Oncologist.

Mark's lab looked good and he's able to get his next chemo treatment this coming Wednesday. He kept his weight at 200 lbs. Mark's had a rash all over his body that hasn't gone away since his last couple treatments. Dr says it's the chemo and it's part of side effect. He's asked Mark if he wants to stop and Mark said no. This is one of the two treatments he's been given since we started and he's already familiar with it and knows what to expect after every treatment.

Mark's asked about the possibility of going back to work and Dr said no. He expressed how Mark is under narcotics that can affect his job and jeopardize himself and others even if he's sitting at a desk or watching monitors. He "might see" or "might not see" what's really going on. Methadone and Hydromorphone are narcotics and until his pain goes away and doesn't need them, then there might be a chance that he can return on some sort of light duty. Dr suggested Mark talk to HR and see if there are other options but at the moment he is not able to return to work and he's stuck with me and kids. Not sure how he feels about that . I understand I have to take over so I will be looking into getting a job, even if have to work nights so Mark and the kids still have me during the day but I will figure this out.

Mark's next pet scan will be scheduled sometime the second week of February.

That is all for now. Hope everyone has a Happy, Holy and Healthy New Year! Love you all!
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Update from Karina, yesterday 11/20:

Hello everyone.
We got the pet scan results from the Dr this morning. Dr says the large mass in his lungs has gotten smaller, shrinking in size. The fluid in his lungs and lymph nodes are gone. The mass on his tailbone and lower back stayed the same but did not spread. Dr is using the term "stable disease" as the cancer is not metastasizing and no new tumors where found.

Mark's next chemo will be this coming Wednesday. The treatment will remain the same until December 2nd. Then Mark will go down to one chemo drug (Alimta). This treatment will be given once every 3 weeks, indefinitely. Dr says, the reason he's going down to one drug is because he can only give that specific treatment between 4 to 6 times without hurting his body with unnecessary side effects. After 3 more treatments, Dr will order another pet scan. He will continue to monitor the cancer this way.

Mark is still under methadone and hydromorphine for his pain but overall he is feeling good. He's happy the chemo treatment was rescheduled for this Wednesday. He is planning on eating lots of turkey and enjoying this Thanksgiving dinner! This is all I have for you. Thankful to you all for all your love and prayers. Hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving. Love you all!
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Raised by 268 people in 7 months
Created June 28, 2017
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