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Stay In The Fight for Mark Wheeler

$25,515 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 294 people in 25 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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Update:

As of today, Mark has endured 1 month - daily radiation, 2 months of cyberknife radiation - twice a week in Phoenix, 6 months - immunotherapy and 13 months - chemotherapy, 8 pet scans and multiple cat scans. The cancer is still in his neck, lungs, back and sacrum. Mark will continue maintenance chemotherapy with a pet scan scheduled in August. Please continue to pray for Mark. Pray to God for complete healing We know it's been extremely hard but we have faith and know God has the final say!

#TrustInGod #OneDayAtaTime #HeIsOurHealer #BeatLungCancer #PleaseDontSmoke #JustBreathe #MarkStrong #Family #Blessed #FaithCanMoveMountains
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From Karina on 3/13/19
Update : Results and new prognosis

Mark's Oncologist, Dr. Lau, went over the results and thankfully there was no sign of cancer in his brain. The Dr did explain to us that even though there was no cancer in his brain at the moment, we have to remember that Mark's cancer is metastasizing and if this new chemo drug does not work, Mark's body will slowly begin to lose control and the cancer will take over his body. Dr. Lau will be giving Mark 6 rounds of this new chemo treatment. Another pet scan is scheduled for the end of April and another brain scan a couple months or sooner if needed. He did prepare us and expressed that Mark is on conventional/maintenance chemo and all he can do is try and prolong his life as long as Mark's body allows it. He is hoping to get 9 months. And if the cancer travels to the brain, Mark will only be able to fight it a few weeks. Please pray so that the cancer comes to a halt or miraculously disappears and does not travel to the brain. As you all know, we are a family of faith. We will always trust in God as he has the last word! Please continue to stay with us and we move forward in our journey of faith and healing! Thank you and God bless you all.
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From Karina today 2/22/19:

We received Mark’s pet scan results yesterday and the previous spots have grown in size and there are new lesions in his body. The cancer is more intense and active on his neck and his lower back and sacrum. He was supposed to have immunotherapy yesterday but because it hasn't been working, Dr. Lau gave him a couple options. 1, stay with immunotherapy. 2, put Mark back on chemo trying a different drug annd 3, stop everything and see what the cancer does. Mark has decided to move forward with chemotherapy and he starts his first treatment tomorrow morning. A brain scan is scheduled in 3 weeks and another pet scan in 3 months. This was not the news we expected but we know Mark's been fighting this ugly disease for a while and I know he won't give up now. So please help us pray for him. We are placing everything in God's hands as He is the only Physician that can cure him. Thank you for staying with us through this trial.
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Today was a great day in the Wheeler home

Today, I saw my husband put on his uniform and returned to work full duty a year and a half later! This is another step in the right direction for our family and Mark taking this thing head on! We want to thank everyone again for all the help, support and love you've given us through this trial. Especially to our green family who continues to be our rock! We love you all!

#HonorFirst #MarkStrong #BeatLungCancer #PleaseDontSmoke #TrustInGod #FaithCanMoveMountains #Blessed
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