There was nothing more important to Marc than family. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his many family members, including Robin, his wife of 29 years; his children Tina, Kim, Emily, Steven, and Elizabeth; and his granddaughter Isabella. Marc was a joker and a kid at heart. He loved to play around with his kids and embarrass them, frequently by singing loudly in public places.
In 2008 Marc was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. He spent the next 2 years in and out of the hospital, but mostly in. His children remember a time when he was in the ICU for 4 straight months. They would visit and play games or help him wash his hair, leaving it in sweet Mohawk styles. The family would describe this time as a roller coaster ride, as Marc’s prognosis would change so drastically from day to day. Through it all they tried to stay positive and focus on the good.
Sadly, Marc’s life ended all too early. He passed away in his home on March 1st, 2010. Marc was only 52 years old. He has since missed the marriage of three of his daughters; the college graduation of his son; and the addition of his grandsons, Kincade, Logan, and Derek.
Challenge Failure is inspired by Marc’s story. And it is the mission of Challenge Failure to help prevent heart failure and bring awareness and education to the families of those affected by this disease. Challenge Failure hopes that they can help those with heart failure get the treatment they need and live longer and healthier lives.