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Stay In The Fight for Mark Wheeler

$24,150 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 275 people in 13 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 from Karina 8/3/2018:

Mark has his immunotherapy treatment this past Wednesday. He was a little tired but overall is doing good. The Dr will schedule a pet scan and brain scan mid-September to see if there is any activity. Mark continues to enjoy life. He stays active and we try to spend as much family time as we can. Being from Michigan, he loves the water! He wants to spend everyday off at the lake. That has been good for all of us! With cancer, you will always have good and bad days but we choose to embrace every second of the good ones and make as many memories as we can. Mark has recently reached out to many of his classmates/teammates back in Michigan and has reconnected with his Marine brothers as well! I've never him this happy! Thank you all for the posts you leave. You have no idea how much they mean to us. Mark and I read them and pray for you as well. Thank you for staying with us, for simply believing! We are truly blessed. God is good!
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6/27/18
Update from yesterday's appointment on pet scan results.

Dr. Lau informed us that the cyberknife treatments had no effect on Mark's tumor, it remained the same size. Unfortunately, there were two other spots that light up on the scan. Dr told us there are now two lymph nodes on Mark's right side of his neck, collarbone area. Dr explained that these nodes could possibly be nothing but because of the stage and type of cancer that has already metastasized (vertebrae) he feels it's part of it. Dr gave us a couple options. Mark could get a biopsy on the lymph nodes and then treat it either with going back to maintenance chemo and add an additional treatment like he was in the beginning and do this as a maintenance plan, indefinitely. Two, try immunotherapy now. Or lastly, stop everything and pray for a miracle. We talked it over. Mark does not want to do a biopsy and we don't want to waste more time so he decided he will start immunotherapy the week after the holiday. We want to enjoy family time before he starts on another treatment that we have no idea how it will affect his body. The immunotherapy will be given through an IV. After 3 to 4 treatments, Dr will schedule another pet scan and brain scan. Since these lymph nodes are so close to the brain, he wants to make sure it doesn't spread.

We are bummed about this result. Mark has been feeling alot better and I thank God for continuing to lift his spirits up. I know we all see so much life in Mark and he continues to fight every day. He takes his pain meds and lives life as we all should. He's happy, he's thankful and he's always so positive. I know God will continue to hold us and walk with us every step of the way. All I ask is for family and friends is to please continue to pray for him. Miracles do happen every day. Love you all!
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Today we celebrate LIFE!

A year ago, on Father's Day 2017, we got the worst news anyone could possibly receive. Dr told us that Mark has stage 4 lung cancer and it didn't look good. They gave us a year to make memories and prepare ourselves... Anyone could've just given up, but not us! Day and night, we prayed! We held on to our faith, to our God! We knew this journey was going to be a tough one but we also knew that our Savior had the last say and no matter what any Dr said, God is the only one who speaks the truth! This past year has not been easy on our family. As any cancer patient, survivor or caregiver will tell you, there's a rollercoaster of emotions attached to this ugly and selfish disease. You have to smile through the pain and tears, you have to make the best out of the worst situation, you just simply have to believe! Mark and I know there's so much to live for and a lot to fight for. We always know that our faith will pull us through and we will always thank God for another day! Thank you God for not letting go! Thank you God for blessing us and allowing us to cherish another year. Please bless all those lives who selflessly helped us along the way. Bless those who pray for us constantly. Bless those who continue to be a blessing in our lives.

#AllGloryToHIM #AlwaysTrustInGod
#FaithCanMoveMountains #MarkStrong
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Update from Karina 5/9/18:

Mark has completed his cyberknife treatments in Phoenix. He had some nausea and was tired a bit but did good overall.

Last week, he had Oncologist and Radiology Oncologist appointments and after speaking with both Doctors, Mark will be back on chemo starting the 16th of May. He will be on a "maintenance plan". Dr. Lau does not want to allow any cancer to creep back in. We are hoping that the treatments have done it's job. A pet scan and more imaging will be scheduled in about 6 more weeks. They need the radiation to be completely out of his body to do any scans on him. We won't get any results until then.

We have more labs, injections and pain management appointments this coming week. Thank you for keeping up with us. We appreciate all the love and support everyone continues to show us. Thank you and God bless.
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Raised by 275 people in 13 months
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