Mark is 38 years old. In April of 2013, Mark had two very severe headaches with an upset stomach. In the last 18 years, he barely had any headaches so this was quite unusual. When his right leg went numb for a period of a few seconds, he decided to go to the ER – and the doctors discovered a mass in his brain. He ended up having major surgery to remove as much of his Stage 4 Glioblastoma (a very aggressive and cancerous tumor) as possible. Since then, Mark has been in treatment and the tumor is stable at this time. He has been unable to work and this has caused a big change in the life for his family and himself. At this time, Mark’s family is at the end of his allowed time for disability payments and his medical insurance will be running out the first week of December.
Mark is a locomotive engineer for Burlington Northern Railroad. His wife, Jenny, is a stay-at-home mom who cares for their 3 children: Daughters Hayley, 14, Molly, 12 and their son Riley, age 4. Mark has a lot to fight for and says this, “I do believe that the mind can do incredible things to heal itself and expect nothing less from my own mind!”
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