My friend Jamie and I were going into Laconia to visit her older brother Mark. He was downtown at Baron’s Billiards, a pool hall where one could rent a table by the hour. We walked in and over to where Mark and his friend Tom were playing pool. Tom was sitting on a bar stool, pool stick in hand while Mark was making his shot, the solid 6 ball into the side pocket. Tom’s eyes met mine and we smiled at each other.

After a couple of games, we piled into Tom’s black Mercury Cougar and drove over to Mark’s apartment, where we all sat around playing cards into the night while Spike, the cockatiel bobbed his head and whistled.

Mark and Spike
Mark and Spike. 1996

Fast forward eighteen years. Tom and I are happily married with a son. Mark is also in a good relationship with three daughters, ages 9, 7 and 2. We live three hours from each other but have gotten together for birthday parties and holidays over the years. Tom gets a call a couple of weeks before Christmas.

Mark with daughter Melana. Easter 2005
Mark with daughter Melana. Easter 2005

It’s cancer. Mark has stomach cancer, a relatively rare cancer in the United States, especially for a strong thirty-seven year old man.

The doctors at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center told him they were going to remove his entire stomach and connect his esophagus to the small intestine. He was prepped and went into surgery a couple of days later. They found some small spots on his liver. They decided to leave him intact in order for him to be able to pursue chemotherapy.

I wasn’t there and I haven’t talked to him directly but I keep in contact with Jamie. She lives in Virginia Beach with her family. She flew up to visit him and to help the family in any way she could.

The doctors say that chemotherapy might not work now. He could go through the hell of chemo and it might be for nothing.

There is another option. It’s called Gerson Therapy. A whole body approach to healing; it’s a natural treatment that regenerates the body to health. High quality nutrition and detoxification are the keys to success but it is very expensive.

Ideally he should go to one of the Gerson treatment centers, but that’s probably out of the question. It costs on average $5,500.00 a week. The other option is to make the super juices at home. The recommended Gerson juicer is a whopping $1,175.00 at

This family could use your help. If everyone gave what they could, whether it’s the money in the change jar or what one would spend on a Dunkin Donut’s coffee.

Mark is a father, a husband, a brother, a son, an uncle, a cousin and a friend to many. He has been there for others, let’s be there for him.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheri minor says:

    I would love to help, we were very good friends with his dad, I’d really like to speak to mark if you could let me know how


    1. Jodi says:

      Hi Sheri, I could give your email address to his sister if you would like.


  2. Eric says:

    I wanna help


    1. Jodi says:

      Thank you Eric. There’s a donate button on the bottom of the post.


  3. Dan Brothers says:

    Dan Brothers here, I really would like to help out, and I would like to see Mark if that is possible. If you have a chance give me a ring 387-1612 Thanks Dan


    1. Jodi says:

      Thank you Dan, I gave him your information.


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