Father, husband, son, nephew, friend - these all describe Marcus
. Now, he is adding warrior
to that list as he battles against a rare and aggressive form of cancer called mucosal melanoma.
Diagnosed in 2013, Marcus went through successful nasal surgery and radiation. But the cancer is relentless and was found again in March 2014 in his lymph nodes in his neck. Watch this music video to learn about his journey so far.
Not one to sit back, Marcus sought treatment at UCLA, since the Hawaii doctors did not have a lot of experience with this rare cancer. After consulting with the UCLA doctors, he was initially accepted into a clinical trial that they said is the best option for him. Then a week later, he learned that he no longer qualified and would not be able to participate.
The ordeal of seeking treatments, making plans for a trial and then getting them stripped away has been an emotional rollercoaster for Marcus and his family, including three school-age sons and a loving wife. The Reimel's are grateful for the support shown thus far and still appreciate any assistance for Marcus' ongoing care, along with your thoughts and prayers for strength, courage and health!
Get updates on his blog - marcuscancervive.tumblr.com