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With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure.  The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses.  In Tallmadge, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local boy, Mark Frick. 

Mark is the son of Terrace Teter and Wayne Frick. On March 28, 2007 Mark was diagnosed with AML Leukemia.  As part of Mark's cancer treatment, Mark had a bone marrow transplant and his sister Brittani was his donor.  Shortly after the bone marrow transplant, Mark started having breathing issues and was diagnosed with Obliterative Bronchiolitis.  The doctors at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, have recommended a life-saving double lung transplant.  An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Tallmadge volunteers. 

Updates

 

Visit to Pittsburgh Children's Hospital

Mark had a checkup Thursday the 27th. Overall it was a good day. We had good driving weather, was on time, and testing went well! They added blood work at the end of the day but even that went good, they got Mark in one try. His chest X-ray and Continue Reading »

Wednesday Morning

We were doing Mark's medicine this morning as usual and not sure where his comment came from but maybe it had something to do with stopping in at the hospital on the oncology floor this week to drop off the sunshine station bags that were made at Continue Reading »

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

This past weekend was the spaghetti dinner fundraiser.  It was definitely a success!!  Team Mark worked very hard and everything was amazing.  There were so many raffle baskets filled with some awesome gifts.  We had just enough spaghetti and no Continue Reading »

Mark's Friend Frankie

I received a text yesterday from an amazing family.  It just so happens that they have two daughters, one is friends with my oldest daughter Brittani and the other is friends with Mark.  This family will always hold a special place in our heart.  Continue Reading »

The Windsor Benefit Weekend

I just wanted to send a special thank you to Rick, Mary, and the entire Windsor Pub Staff that opened up their hearts to host a special fundraiser the weekend of January 27th.  Country band Anything Goes, Larry Alltop, and Average Joe all played Continue Reading »

"Baby It's Cold Outside" Fundraiser

Friday the 27th was the "Baby It's Cold Outside" Fundraiser and I can't thank everyone enough for coming out and supporting Mark!  It was a great night, I had an awesome time and everyone that came out seemed to have a really nice time as well.  I Continue Reading »

January 2017

Mark's amazing volunteer team has been working hard organizing and planning future events.  I'm looking forward to this weekend to the "Baby it's Cold Outside" fundraiser located at the Basement in Sagamore Hills.  I think it will be lots of fun Continue Reading »

Happy Holidays!!

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We were very thankful to be able to spend the holiday's at home and with all of our family.  Mark and his sisters were able to spend Christmas Eve with their dad and he took them out to Continue Reading »

Gift Wrapping Station Fundraiser

So much support for Mark and COTA was given.  We had three dates that Marks awesome team of volunteers worked the gift wrapping station at Summit Mall.  I was only able to be there one of the days but I can say it was a really fun experience and I Continue Reading »

Mark's 11th Birthday

My little man whose not so little anymore turned 11 on December 5th.  I had been sick and his sister had to work so things didn't go as planned but I think things turned out just fine.  We surprised him with a Dairy Queen ice cream cake with The Continue Reading »

Katie's Girl Scout Troop

After Thanksgiving dinner, my cousin's daughter Katie brought me a card.  She's just so cute and when I opened it, I saw the most awesome drawing of a turkey!  Katie and her Girl Scout Troop # 90887 had raised $500.00 that they were donating to Continue Reading »

Thanksgiving 2016

Hoping everyone had a nice Thanksgiving Day and enjoyed the weekend.  We are very thankful that we were able to spend this day with our family.  Mark and his sisters went with their dad in the morning to have dinner with his grandparents, brother Continue Reading »

Mark's Positive Attitude

I was doing the dishes yesterday and Mark looks at me and says something about his oxygen tube. Now he catches my attention. He proceeds to say when I see you, Brittani, Alayna, and Dad I forget all about it!  He's such a sweetheart! Continue Reading »

Mark's Amazing Volunteers

I just wanted to take a moment to thank the wonderful group of people that have been putting lots of time and thought into helping Mark's fundraising a success! We are so lucky to have amazing family and friends that give their all and offer to do Continue Reading »

Trick or Treat

We were lucky, it didn't rain until after trick or treat! Mark did have a wet and chilly ride home on his wheelchair from grandma's house up to ours but that was better than rain when we went home. Mark was the green arrow and lost his 1st arrow on Continue Reading »

1590 WAKR Radio

Thank you 1590 WAKR for having us! I was about to run and hide once we got off the elevator, I was so nervous and had no clue what I was really going to say. It was a great experience and Ray and Tony made it very comfortable!! Of course we were Continue Reading »

Update

Well it's been a few week's since our trip to Pittsburgh and Mark's battle wounds are almost completely healed . We have finally got all the orange stuff off his skin that they put all over you before surgery. Mark's been staying positive and still Continue Reading »

09/21/2016 (From Terrace Teter)

There are not enough thank you's to everyone for their thoughts and prayers for Mark and us as we went to Pittsburgh Children's Hospital Tuesday. I got the call at 8:30 in the morning and at 8:00 pm Mark was taken from us to go back for surgery, put Continue Reading »

How You Can Help

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Transplant Trip #1

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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Mark and His Bunnies

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Katie and her Girl Scout Troop # 90887

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Happy 11th Birthday Mark

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Gift Wrapping Station Fundraiser

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"Baby It's Cold Outside" Fundraiser

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Mark

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