Mark is a cancer survivor. Since his recovery period back in March 2005, Mark has been very active in several charities in raising much-needed funds. In 2006, he ran his first Boston Marathon just 12 months after surgery and chemotherapy to remove and treat Non-Hodgkin’s large cell type A Lymphoma.
While recovering in the hospital after his surgery, he vowed that when he got back on his feet that he would help others that were in the same situation as he now found himself. Mark firmly believes that he will never meet the people that strive to find a cure for this type of cancer, however, his quest is to become one among many that is instrumental in the recovery of future cancer patients. His belief is that someone was responsible for his children having a father and his wife having a husband and by his efforts others will experience that same feeling of satisfaction.
From his first marathon in 2006, Mark has completed 8 consecutive Boston Marathons. Because of the tragic events in 2013, he made it to mile 24 but was unable to complete the Marathon for safety reasons.