In Loving Memory
Mark Vasquez | 1975 – 2011
My son was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2006 and lost the Battle in May of 2011. Mark enjoyed every minute of every day. He never met a stranger, and if you greeted him with a frown, you were sure to walk away with a smile in your heart. He treated everyone equally.
The last 4 ½ years of his life were his hardest challenge, but he always woke up with a smile and a winning attitude. He never gave up his fight, not even at the end. Unfortunately, the cancer got the best of him. I know that he is no longer suffering or in pain.
Thursday, May 26th, 2011, Mark was finally put to rest. I never was more proud of him. The enormous outpouring of people who showed up to honor him and to celebrate his life, touched me in an indescribable way. He was truly loved by many and touched many lives during his much too short life.
Having lost my son to Multiple Myeloma, our personal goal with every adoption, is to donate a percentage to the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research. This organization works tirelessly to try to find a cure for this terrible disease. Please visit their website to learn more and if you are able, donate to this special cause.
Multiple myeloma is a unique cancer of plasma cells that attacks and destroys bone. Due to its complexity, the disease can be difficult to diagnose and often results in varying treatment recommendations from doctors. The term “multiple myeloma” is derived from the multiple areas of bone marrow that are usually affected by the disease. Read more from the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research
The disease progresses at different rates depending on the patient and at this time there is no known cure. … Current treatments aim to control the disease and its symptoms helping to allow the patient the best quality of life possible. Read more from the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research
Approximately 1,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with multiple myeloma every day. The disease is found more commonly in middle-aged or elderly persons and is more prevalent in men than women, African Americans more than Caucasians. Although the causes of multiple myeloma are uncertain, exposures to pesticides, atomic radiation and petroleum products are considered to be important trigger factors. The average survival rate is approximately 5-6 years, depending on the level of the disease state. Read more from the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research