Relay For Life in Clarington 2013
Why we Relay
We just had 3 graduations in the past week.. Vincent from Grade 6, Rebecca from Grade 8 and David from Grade 12... All of these Mark missed..Mark had made it to every graduation until he passed away. Just about broke my heart when Vincent was really upset for about a week before and he said that "Daddy has seen everyone else graduate and he will never see me graduate anything!"
Since he passed away in August 2010, Mark has missed his oldest daughter graduate high school and finish her first year of university on a full scholarship..he has missed his oldest son turn 16, get his Drivers license and also graduate high school and receieve some pretty cool awards.... he has missed his middle son start high school, join the jazz band and turn 16 last week....he has missed his youngest daughter graduate middle school and get the French award and become a Corporal in Air Cadets...and he has missed his youngest son just graduate Gr 6, going off to start middle school and get an abundance of awards.
He has missed our only niece being born, and his family still embrace us all, even though he is not there..He has missed me wrestle with selling his business, and ultimately deciding to go back to school for my Accounting Degree.. he has missed
everything and we miss him...
We relay so other people won't have to miss these simple things in life....
Love always Mark,
We Relay so no-one else will have to go through what Mark and our family did. Being diagnosed with Brain Stem Cancer after fighting a "benign" tumour for over a year was hard on our entire family. Mark had already gone through brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. We drove into Toronto everyday for 4 months for radiation. He lost over 100 pounds in 6 weeks, he lost his eyesight, his ability to walk, his dignity and eventually on August 17th, 2010..his life.
Please do not make his stuggle in vain. He was a very proud man who would help anyone and everyone. Please donate so they can find a cure for Cancer and help make it so no other family has to lose their father, husband, son, brother, uncle, friend.... RIP Mark, love always
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