Tuesday, February 17, 2015


We wanted to wait until we were absolutely sure.  And now, we are absolutely sure.

Got the final confirmation this morning, all the processing went through and Mark was accepted for treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

We had been afraid of reporting good progress and then having something fall through at the end, but now we are locked in.

Deep breath... and now it is OK to say HOORAY!!!  Huge answer to prayers!

Wendi and Mark are also taking Gabriella and Jim, arriving Friday night, which will allow them time to acclimate and orient themselves to the huge medical campus there.

We have received a handful of offers of places to stay, which has been a huge blessing, just now starting to work through what will work best for the travelers.

As an affirmation of our choice to go this route, our Oncology case worker at Randall Children's went so far as to say that if it was his kid dealing with what Mark is dealing with, MDACC would also be his first choice.

So... here we go!


  1. Oh so glad for you all!

    By Peggy O'Connor — Feb 22, 2015 3:10pm

  2. Frank, we are keeping you all in our prayers.

    By Jane Rossiter — Feb 18, 2015 10:55pm

  3. Great news Frank. Hi Mark, A wonderful opportunity to feel better. And you might just get a sweet pair of Western Boots, jeans, and shirt. Maybe a cowboy hat too. Now, I want you to take a look at a horse TOO!!!!!!!!!!! LOL. It's very cold in New Jersey Mark, 6 degrees this morning. But it does'nt really bother me. Spring will come when it's ready. :) I'll catch your next letter Mark. Yippee Ky O Ky A. Joe

    By Joe Russo — Feb 18, 2015 4:49pm

  4. Hooray!!! I'm glad he gets to go to the best place and I hope his treatment won't be very hard on him and that God heals him soon and completely. I still have my church praying for him and they will continue to do so until he is all better. I love u mark and all the rest of you too. God bless and comfort you all. ♡ ♡ ♡

    By nancy — Feb 18, 2015 4:23am

  5. I wish we could come with. You are in our prayers each day.

    By Leslie Alexander — Feb 18, 2015 3:41am

  6. Thanks! Great to hear Mark will be going to Houston !! Praying for him... all of you.. every day.

    Rich McGinley
    Ruth Crook's 2nd cousin once removed :)

    By Austin McGinley — Feb 17, 2015 5:01pm

  7. Yes!!! Rejoicing with you that everything fell into place. Praying for His direction as you make decisions and move forward!

    By The Brights — Feb 17, 2015 2:58pm

  8. YES! If I were going to do conventional treatment I'd want to go to Houston or one great facility in Salt Lake City. I'm glad you're in!

    By Love, Aunt Sue — Feb 17, 2015 2:53pm


    By Marliss Bombardier — Feb 17, 2015 2:32pm

  10. Thank God! And also Hooray! Obviously you made the right choice. Prayers and best wishes to you all. And lots of big hugs.

    By Much love, Mom/Grandma/GG Crook — Feb 17, 2015 2:31pm

  11. So happy for you all, Frank! We will continue keeping your intentions in our nightly rosary.

    By Judy and Tim Capistrant — Feb 17, 2015 2:23pm

  12. Our prayers go with them. So sad we will miss them when we get up there, but we wI'll be sending our love and hope with them.

    By Jennifer White — Feb 17, 2015 2:02pm

  13. Praise God! So glad the news is positive for going. I'll be praying for travel and for getting acclimated.

    By Lauren D — Feb 17, 2015 1:24pm

  14. Thinking of you and praying for you. May you remember that The Lord is a shield around you and the Lifter of your head.

    By Katie Jenkins (CC in TN) — Feb 17, 2015 1:20pm

  15. So happy for Mark and whole family. May God continue to bless Mark in his recovery and chemotherapy!!!

    By Shannon Curtis-Whitney — Feb 17, 2015 1:19pm

  16. So very thankful for the positive affirmation. I wonder if he realizes how meaningful that single sentence was to you guys at this moment? Makes me think of the random acts of kindness moments you have mentioned several times during this journey. We should all be more aware of our presence in the everyday moments and should seek out opportunities to pat each other on the back, encourage one another with a kind word or affirmation, and extend a helping hand when we see someone else in need. Blessings to you all as you embark on the next chapter of this journey. Praying as always and stand ready to assist as needed.

    By Angel Slot — Feb 17, 2015 1:14pm

  17. Praise God for this great news! It must be a major load off your mind to know he'll be in the very best of care.

    By The Phelans — Feb 17, 2015 1:11pm

  18. Such great news. Prayers continue for the whole family. We love you guys.

    By Cooki Welsh-McClatchie — Feb 17, 2015 1:08pm

  19. So glad to hear it!! :D

    By Erin Johnson — Feb 17, 2015 12:56pm