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In 2010, my husband Mark Piper suddenly became very ill and began to have difficulty breathing. He was diagnosed with a severe case of COPD and emphysema, and his condition progressed in recent years. Mark relies on oxygen 24/7 and it has been determined that his only chance of survival is a lifesaving lung transplant. He had a stent placed due to an artery blockage, and has also been undergoing extensive medical testing to soon be placed on the active transplant list at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Mark grew up in Benton, Wisconsin and we relocated to the Colorado Rocky Mountains in 1994 because of Mark’s love for the great outdoors — hunting, fishing and hiking are his passion. We have been married for over 35 years, and have two wonderful sons, Joe and Jamie and a granddaughter, named Paelynn. Mark worked very hard his whole life supporting our family, but was forced to quit his job due to his illness and is unable to enjoy the many outdoor activities he once knew. More than ever, my husband wants to teach his granddaughter how to fish and spend as much time as he can with his loving and supportive family. Mark is committed to a healthy lifestyle, and is hopeful that a lung transplant will give him a second chance at life!

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March 16, 2016

OK, Mark is 5 days away from his one year anniversary of his single Lung transplant. The last couple of months have been very difficult for him. He developed a severe fungal and bacterial infection in his new lung and became very ill. He is on medicine that is infused into him every day for 30 days through a pic line that was put in. The cost of the medication is astronomical and again we are asking for help! Please, any amount you can donate would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again everyone!

September 30, 2015

September 30, 2015

Update to all out there, Mark is doing awesome! He is now 6 months post op and getting outdoors walking, fishing and running errands on his own. Back to driving his big red truck. Loves spending time with Paelynn! Not to far out from taking her fishing. We want to thank everyone for the donations and taking time out to think about him. Also want to thank his donor family for giving him life again. I am back to working part time, however, his cost of medications are still too much to handle! Please, if you can, donate we would truly appreciate every little bit!

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August 20, 2015

Thinking of you and family always truly yours looking good

Dave Blanchard

March 24, 2015

Thinking about you and your family!

carla Vickerman

March 12, 2015

Praying that all goes well for you mark keep positive wishing you well soon!

kathy cole