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Dear Family and Friends,

I am writing to you on behalf of Mark Bender, a husband, father of four, brother, son, cyclist, and friend. Mark lives in Duvall WA and is a very active person in church and community. His four boys keep him and his wife Sarah extremely busy with soccer games and cycling events. Mark recently suffered a life-changing spinal cord injury when vacationing with his wife in Hawaii. It was their last day before coming home and they were spending some time at the beach. Mark was body surfing and decided to ride one last wave before he was finished for the day. On the last ride in the wave crushed him into the shore break. Mark is now a quadriplegic with a complete C6 injury. He has no use of his legs and limited use of his arms. Mark has spent the last six months in medical and rehab facilities.

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August 15, 2014

We did it!

The money that was needed for Mark's car was raised. Thank you so much to all of those who donated. As of 8/14/14, $17,330 was raised. The car was $16,000. Any amount raised over the price of the car will go towards the modifications needed for the Sprinter. They need to do about $7,000 in modifications so Mark can help with the driving. Right now when the entire family goes out Sarah has to do 100% of the driving.

We are so grateful for you all, this car is a game changer for Mark and the family.

August 8, 2014

We need to raise money for Mark's car!!

Mark found the perfect car and will be looking at it on 8-9-14. We need to help because quite frankly they can't do it on their own! We need 550 people to just give $30 and will be able to purchase this car. Thanks for your help. Love to all.

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August 21, 2014

So glad you got your wheels! We love you all!

Ric & Nondy

August 20, 2014

Woo hoo! That's so awesome you guys got the van. Have fun driving Mark!

Aaron and Loraine Mesaros

August 12, 2014

Happy to help. I hope you get it soon!

Barendt Family