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Stay In The Fight for Mark Wheeler

$23,750 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 270 people in 11 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 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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Update from Karina:

Mark had a lung biopsy and fiducial marker placement this past Monday in Phoenix. Tiny gold seeds were placed in the tumor. This will help guide the beams to give him more accurate radiation. We still haven't got the biopsy results but they did schedule us this coming Monday, April 9th for scans/imaging and simulation for treatment planning in Phoenix.

Cyberknife treatments will start on Thursday, April 19th and continue every Monday and Thursday until the first week of May. All treatments will be at St. Joseph Medical Center, Phoenix.

Mark is doing good. He still has pain throughout his body but mainly in his torso area. He is tough and he continues to fight every single day! He is our hero and we are so proud of him!

Thank you all so much for continuing to stand by our side. We appreciate all the prayers, so please don't stop! God bless you all!
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Update from Karina 3/20/18:

I apologize for the delay but we've been waiting on Mark's Drs to figure out what the next step would be.

It took a couple of weeks but after consulting with a Radiologist in Phoenix and Mark's Oncologist here in Yuma, we have decided to proceed with the Radiosurgery. A biopsy and fiducial marker placement are scheduled for this coming Monday, March 26th at 9am in Phoenix. The biopsy is to check the activity of the tumors (lung/sacrem). The fiducial placements are small metal markers that are placed in tumors. These markers will help pinpoint the tumors and give radiation with greater accuracy. Dr. Thawani says Mark's a good candidate for this procedure and sounds optimistic. Dr will determine the amounts of treatments after she gets the results back from the biopsy. Depending on the biopsy, the amount of treatments will be twice a week and could last up to a month. All treatments will be in Phoenix. Chemo has been put on hold. Dr. also mentioned that after she looked at all of Mark's scans, she noticed how the chemo has been doing its job on Mark's body and said it's not often to see this type of improvement with a stage 4 metastatic lung cancer and was very happy with his slow but steady progress. She asked us to keep our attitude up as we are doing a great job and it shows.

Things are moving in the right direction. As all cancer patients, there are good days and bad ones, but we are hanging in there. Dr's have kept Mark's pain managed. He's also returned to work (light duty). I can see how that makes him feel "normal". He is in much better spirits. God is great and he is by our side, every day! Thank you for being with us and please, keep praying. Our faith is what keeps us strong and all your prayers keep us going. God bless you all! 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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Raised by 270 people in 11 months
Created June 28, 2017
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