When you look at this picture of our family, you see what looks like a beautiful, happy family! What you don’t see is even during this photo shoot we knew something was wrong with our son Marcus, the baby of the family. At that time we didn’t know the gravity but we were scared.
You see a strong husband and father( Josh) who played college football at MSU and with the Detroit Lions for a couple of seasons before an injury ended that career. He then went on to PA school and is working as a PA in orthopedic medicine.
You see a happy and smiling mother( Katie) blessed by her beautiful family. She is working as a dental hygienist part time at this time.
What you don't know, is that this happy couple who would openly share with you that their marriage had been in shambles. They were finally walking through a season of healing and restoration, especially from a ministry called Celebrate Recovery that they were just getting ready to launch at their church before their world came crashing down.
The beautiful girl in this picture is Hannah who excels in academics, swimming and volleyball and has a sweet and compassionate heart!
Isaac is our oldest son and is full of creativity, mischief and activity. He and Marcus would play video games, nerf wars, swim and wrestle around together for hours!
A week after this picture was taken we found out that Marcus had a grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain tumor. Unfortunately, his was inoperable.
He would endure 2 years of radiation, chemotherapy and clinical trials. During that time he would lose the use of his arms, then his speech, he would need oxygen assistance and eventually a G tube for feedings, losing the ability to swallow altogether and all movement.
We fought alongside of this brave, sweet boy as he was able to find ways to adapt to each challenge he faced and even with a smile on his face or a joke.
He never complained and rarely cried. He just did what needed to be done and we watched in awe.
He went home to be with Jesus and his grandparents in June 20, 2020.
We are thankful for the almost 8 years we had as a family with him. He died in our home peacefully, with his family around him and Toby Mac playing quietly in the background.
During our journey battling this cancer in our precious son we learned what it truly means to anchor into Jesus during the very hardest storms of life. He was and is always with us and we trust that He is working all things out( even this) for our good and His glory! We hope that through our story, Marcus journey and this website and it’s resources that you too will be able to find hope in Christ!