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Welcome to Marc Parent's Medical Fund. AKA: Keep the Music Alive. Funds raised will assist Marc with his medical bills.

Let me tell you about Marc Parent.

Yep, that’s his name.

As he’d put it, you don’t spell his first name like he’s ‘a mark on the wall’, and when everyone asks him how you spell his last name, he asks if you are one or had one, because ‘we all have had a parent at one time’. Marc is an enthusiastic and passionate man who worked hard to put food on the table for his family, and would gladly give his friends the shirt off his back when they were in need. His enthusiasm and drive led him to work for a well-known regional furniture chain, but while others were satisfied with the sale, Marc would easily go the extra mile. He understood the needs of the customer and went out of his way to make sure each and every person walked out of his store with exactly what they wanted. At the end of the day, he’d turn to music for relaxation, and very often found himself melting away his stress by plucking the strings of his guitar. Marc has been a musician for 45 years, finding a natural talent with the guitar, but also skilled in the piano and singing. As a younger man, he sang and played lead guitar in local bands, wrote many of the songs he performed, and recorded several of them onto CD’s.

On Wednesday, June 20th, 2012, Marc complained of fatigue, and his condition slowly worsened. On June 24th, he admitted himself to the hospital and was diagnosed with a bad case of pneumonia. Two days later, his health took a turn for the worse when he found himself unable to catch his breath. Upon examination, they sedated him, putting him into a medically-induced coma, and placed him on life support.

Two more days passed before the doctors were able to correctly diagnose his condition—he had contracted Legionnaire’s Disease, a deadlier form of pneumonia. He was in critical condition, and his doctors were unsure if he would even survive the week.

Marc’s will was strong, and he survived.

However, while it appeared that the Legionnaire’s Disease was clearing from his lungs, it was during one of his more lucid moments that the nurses noticed he was unable to move his left hand.

On June 30th, his doctors performed a CAT scan, and discovered that not only was Marc’s brain bruised, but that he had suffered a significant stroke.

His neurologist explained that while his speech centers were only slightly affected by the stroke, Marc’s left side had been severely affected. The prognosis was that his left arm and leg would always be weak, and he would need to walk with a cane for the rest of his life. It was also surmised that he would suffer from bouts of confusion and forgetfulness.

Over the next few days, his breathing was growing stronger and stronger, a clear sign that the Legionnaire’s was clearing from his lungs. On July 4th, Marc was weaned off his sedatives and his intubation tubes were removed later that evening.

The following Monday, he was transported to a rehab center, and since that day Marc has reached several milestones toward a speedy recovery. While he still has difficulty looking to the left and reading, he can now walk well with a cane, lift his left arm upward, and can lightly grip with his left hand. He draws his inspiration from his family, and his greatest hope is to one day pick up his guitar and play again.

So now, Marc and his family are in need.

He doesn’t have any disability insurance coming in from his employers and still needs surgeries on his carotid arteries in order to prevent another stroke. Without his steady income, his health insurance, medical expenses and housing are all at risk. This is why we ask you to Give Forward.

Help Marc and his family in this time of need, to help take the weight of prescription costs, utility bills, and medical concerns off their shoulders just a little.

Help make Marc’s only question be, “What goal will I accomplish for myself today?”

We want him to focus on getting himself better, not how his next bill will be paid.

Every little bit helps. If you would like to send a donation, your thoughts and prayers to Marc, or if you have questions regarding our fundraiser, feel free to email kelliemsnay@hotmail.com.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Please keep Marc and his family in your thoughts and prayers, and God Bless!
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