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As many of you know, Mark had a heart transplant in January 1995. In order to keep his body from rejecting his new heart, he has to take immunosuppresants (anti-rejection drugs) everyday. Unfortunately, there are side effects. One of them is their toxicity to the kidneys. (He has to take these drugs to stay alive. There is no alternative.) In June of 2006, Mark’s kidneys failed as a result of these drugs.

Currently, Mark has “End Stage Renal Disease.” (ESRD is also known as End Stage Renal Failure.) This requires him to be on dialysis. He goes 3x a week for 3 hours a session and is doing really well on dialysis. He has a great attitude! Truly, Mark is a survivor! He has worked very hard to adjust to the lifestyle and dietary changes. He has lost close to 40 pounds too!


May 30, 2007

Hi Mark,

I just wanted to let you know that I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers! If anyone can beat this you can!


Tammy Shea, Aptos

March 25, 2007

I was honored to open this account and now want and need to say: Thank you to everyone! Words cannot describe our gratitude. The kind, generous words and donations mean more to Mark & I than you can ever imagine. xoxox Alice

Alice Colby, Santa Cruz, CA.