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This fundraiser ended on 09/20/12

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The family and friends of Mark are uniting to raise money to help him with medical & travel expenses.

My brother, Mark, has suffered with a cyst in the pineal region of his brain for over 35 years. This condition is rare in adults, representing only 1% of all brain tumors. Because of the pineal gland’s location deep in the midbrain area, traditional open brain surgery to remove the cyst is often times a very aggressive and intrusive procedure. Even the process of accessing the cyst to perform a biopsy can be quite involved, subjecting the patient to the risk of hemorrhage or direct neurologic injury. Needless to say, with Mark's condition being so rare and so complicated to treat, his quest for a viable solution to alleviate his life altering symptoms he deals with daily has been difficult to say the least.

Thanks to the incredible work of Dr. Shahinian, who has pioneered a revolutionary new method to reach tumors like my brother's directly and excise it completely using tiny endoscopes instead of open brain surgery, my brother can have the pain free life he could only dream of before. With this type of procedure there is no retraction or disruption of brain tissue, there is faster recovery time, less pain, less scarring and significantly reduced chance of complications. If you click on the box to the left you can see Dr. Shahinian on the Doctor's TV Show when they featured the removal of a pineal cyst he did on a 14 year old girl.

My brother and his family will travel to Los Angeles in August where he will have this brain surgery by this doctor to FOREVER remove his pineal brain cyst. Mark has three beautiful children and a loving wife who found this amazing doctor. We all know medical costs these days are high and on top of that they will be facing extensive expenses involved with traveling out of state.

I'm hoping that together we can help lighten the financial load for Mark and his family so he can tend to the task at hand and take the time to heal with this incredible opportunity God has given to him.

All thoughts, prayers, and any donation are appreciated more than you can imagine! Thank you!
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