In 2003 Mark (who was 44 years old at the time) was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade IV brain tumor. If you look up this tumor, it is typically followed by the sentence….”the most aggressive and deadly form of brain cancer.” They told us the average life expectancy for this type of tumor is two years. Our lives were turned upside down by this diagnosis, to say the least. Our two boys were 15 and 16 at the time. Mark was heartbroken about leaving them, and just wished he could at least see them graduate high school. Thanks to good medicine and otherwise good health, Mark was an excellent candidate for beating the odds. The hard part was finding the emotional strength to fight, and to not just accept defeat. He found this strength, and so much more, at the Cancer Support Community. By sharing stories, fears and wishes with the other participants, Mark found hope. He found the will to survive. He learned to live one day at a time and to make every day a good day. He used to say….”don’t count the days, make the days count.” And he lived eight years. He did beat the odds, and he saw his boys finish high school, and even college. He had a great life. And his story continues to inspire countless other who followed him. We are forever grateful to the Cancer Support Community for the services they provided, and for the extra time we had with Mark as a result.