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UPDATE - 11 January 2019

TO ALL OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND ANONYMOUS DONORS OUT THERE - 

We thank you for the incredible support shown for #markmatters and your extreme generosity! Mark is absolutely blown away by the generous donations from everyone and our campaign target being smashed in a matter of days!

Mark is having a further MRI scan early next week, after which we will be in a position to look at the next line of treatment with his medical team.

We will keep you updated on this page as soon as we know the next steps. Without all of you none of this would be possible for Mark.

Mark is completely overwhelmed by your love and support and has sent this message:

“To everyone who has supported me on the BackaBuddy fundraising campaign and over the last two years, I am truly humbled. Your generosity, kindness and love means so much to me. I am so appreciative of your donations which will enable me to get the extra treatment and support to fight on. I am completely overwhelmed and so appreciative of everything and everyone who has supported me since my diagnosis. It has been very tough at times but having so much support has lifted my spirits to new heights. One Love. Mark”

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In November 2016, Mark (42 years) was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer in the form of inoperable stage IV glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). We were told by doctors that he had less than 6 months, given the speed at which the tumour was growing.  

By the grace of God, Mark has recently celebrated his 2-year anniversary since his diagnosis.  Mark has been an absolute champion - putting everything he has into working with chemo, radiotherapy and integrative medicines. 

The initial response to treatment was great, and shocked even the doctors. However, the conventional protocols have stopped working, with Mark’s latest scans revealing further growth. 

Through Mark’s hard work and determination, he has formed an exceptional medical team, who believe that there is still hope. The recommended treatments are still very new, and not yet mainstream. Medical schemes do not currently cover these treatments. We are hopeful that Mark will be a pioneer in discovering effective treatment for other patients living with GBM. 

We need your help!

Mark has been working with doctors to alleviate the side effects using integrative treatments. With additional funding, Mark can gain access to these and new treatments and therapies.  

These treatments include providing high doses of a variety of intravenous infusions which offer a unique way of interacting with the excess iron within the cancer cells to initiate ferroptosis and death of the glioblastoma cells – combined with a number of other alternative treatments and therapies. With the right funding, Mark would also have access to a drug sensitivity test which measures the effectiveness of up to 70 different drugs in killing a sample of cells removed from Mark’s tumour. This test has shown to be highly accurate in personalising more effective treatment options.

Mark is husband to Kirsten, and father to Grace (9) and Charlie (6). He has a great passion for life and long-distance running.

Gaining access to these further treatments is not financially possible for Mark. And so, it is with very humble hearts, that we ask for your financial support.

Donations

  • Mar 14, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Sending love to you and your family! " - Kerry

  • Mar 12, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Vasbyt Mark, you can do it!!" - Anonymous

  • Mar 10, 2019 - USD $ 13.70
  • "I don't know you, Mark, but you're the cousin of my very good friend Jess. Hoping for the very best. " - Santhie Goundar

  • Mar 01, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "We so admire your gutsy fighting spirit. Lol xxx" - Les & Heather

  • Feb 28, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Sending love xx" - Nix & Ryan

  • Feb 25, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Thinking of you and your family. Remain as positive as you have been. We are with you through this journey." - George

  • Feb 11, 2019 - R 5 010.00
  • ""if you're going through hell, keep going" - Churchill" - Anon.

  • Feb 09, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wishing you all the best!" - The Richardsons

  • Feb 07, 2019 - R 2 000.00
  • "You are an inspiration, always in our thoughts!" - The Burchells

  • Feb 01, 2019 - USD $ 250.00
  • "Mark, you’re a legend and we’ve no doubt you’ll crush this challenge like all the others before." - Ciarán & Caroline

  • Jan 30, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "keep on fighting Bra" - Anonymous

  • Jan 30, 2019 - USD $ 126.24
  • "Please smash this thing Leggo, I want to have another Chivas evening w you!" - Mel & Bruce

  • Jan 29, 2019 - R 3 084.60
  • "You got this, Mark. We're all behind you xxx" - Anonymous

  • Jan 29, 2019 - USD $ 75.41
  • "Head up legs, punch this thing in the guts bud. Praying for your strength and recovery in Oz mate. " - Daryl Edwards

  • Jan 22, 2019 - USD $ 144.63
  • "Keep it up legs !" - Bob and family

  • Jan 22, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Love and strength." - Brian & Cheryl

  • Jan 20, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "You Rock Mark, you can do this! " - Anonymous

  • Jan 20, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "You are such a champion!" - Kirsten

  • Jan 20, 2019 - USD $ 152.13
  • "Good luck!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 19, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep fighting, Mark. Keep believing!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 18, 2019 - USD $ 136.76
  • "Wishing you everything of the best!" - Anon

  • Jan 17, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Singing Journey "Don't stop believin' Hold on to the feelin,' Streetlights, people" We love you guys x Sam " - Sam

  • Jan 17, 2019 - USD $ 114.07
  • "Lots of love and blessings." - Odette

  • Jan 16, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "We wish you all the best in getting the treatment that you need!" - Bryan and Patricia Finlay

  • Jan 16, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Always in our prayers Mark" - Anon

  • Jan 16, 2019 - USD $ 80.00
  • "Sending lots of love to you and your family xxx" - Anonymous

  • Jan 16, 2019 - R 5 010.00
  • "Keep punching Laigs, you're such an inspiration to us all, xx!!!" - Snick and Zan

  • Jan 15, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Mark, you're a great guy and the inspiration that you bring has no words. Wishing you strength and love!!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 15, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Lots of love and prayers" - Debs

  • Jan 14, 2019 - USD $ 75.74
  • "All the best bud, stay strong" - Anonymous

  • Jan 14, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "With love" - Anonymous

  • Jan 14, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Mark thanks for inspiring us with your strength" - Andrew & kate

  • Jan 14, 2019 - R 2 010.00
  • "You can do this miracle man! We believe in you! " - Anonymous

  • Jan 14, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep up the great fight! Always thinking of you." - Anonymous

  • Jan 14, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Our thoughts are with you, Mark - you are such an incredible champion & inspiration to everyone!" - Al & Ann Leenstra

  • Jan 14, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Go Mark Go! XX" - Anonymous

  • Jan 14, 2019 - USD $ 151.49
  • "To Mark, Kirsten and family, thinking of you. " - Jodi

  • Jan 13, 2019 - USD $ 81.29
  • "Keep running bud. Ons hou sterk duimvas dat jy gaan deurtrek!" - Freddy

  • Jan 13, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "Mark, your strength is an inspiration to all of us. " - Anonymous

  • Jan 13, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Vasbyt!" - Anon

  • Jan 13, 2019 - R 771.15
  • "My thoughts and prayers go to all of you. X " - Trish H

  • Jan 12, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "We have more Pinot to drink" - AN Other

  • Jan 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Keep on going, Keep on running! In our prayers dude." - Anonymous

  • Jan 12, 2019 - USD $ 404.48
  • "Mark you are in my thoughts and prayers daily " - Anon

  • Jan 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Mind over matter. You can do this Mark xx" - Poodle

  • Jan 12, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Lots of Love, Mark, " - Telana and Adele

  • Jan 11, 2019 - USD $ 135.09
  • "Keep fighting Mark!! You are in our prayers" - Benny, Danielle, Adam & Harry

  • Jan 11, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Keep Fighting " - SACS family

  • Jan 11, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "Lots of love, Teletubby and family" - Teletubby

  • Jan 11, 2019 - USD $ 108.18
  • "#markmatters" - Mundell Family (London)

  • Jan 11, 2019 - USD $ 1 049.99
  • "Always in my thoughts Cuz" - Kieran Moe Matt Luke and Emma

  • Jan 11, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Thinking of you Mark" - Gary Mclean

  • Jan 11, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Thoughts and prayers with you all the way, Mark." - Al & Ann Leenstra

  • Jan 11, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "To the Lagan family at large, sending love from the Roberson family (& Walt) in the EC. " - Sarah

  • Jan 11, 2019 - R 3 000.00
  • "The force is strong in this one. Hi 5’s and hashtags my man! Sean, Pips and our crazy kids, dogs and a cat. " - The stack attacks

  • Jan 11, 2019 - USD $ 1 215.65
  • "May the force be with you brother (from another mother)!" - #TeamEastwood

  • Jan 11, 2019 - USD $ 134.06
  • "We love you and wish you a speedy and full recovery cuz xx" - Joanne, Michael, Ruby, Sally and Penny Faloon

  • Jan 10, 2019 - USD $ 75.93
  • "Keep fighting x" - Anonymous

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Keep going buddy! Behind you all the way" - Anonymous

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 2 030.00
  • "Thinking of you guys" - Anonymous

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Don't stop believing!!!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Don't stop believing " - Anonymous

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 10 282.00
  • "Keep fighting Mark!!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 10, 2019 - USD $ 144.41
  • "You are braver than you believe! Behind you all the way x" - Claire and Cal

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 1 542.30
  • "You’ve got this Mark" - Sam & Christie

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Stay strong!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 5 075.00
  • "Stay strong bud" - Flea

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 10 282.00
  • "Praying for complete healing. " - Anonymous

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "All the best" - Anonymous

  • Jan 10, 2019 - USD $ 108.28
  • "Sending some kick-arse from Arsetralia to keep you moving along, love Bev & Bruce xx" - Bev & Bruce

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 5 010.00
  • "Keep on running, Mark. " - Anonymous

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 1 542.30
  • "All the best Mark. Keep fighting bud." - Redgard’s

  • Jan 10, 2019 - USD $ 105.31
  • "In our thoughts and prayers daily. Love you xoxo" - Chris, Lenore & Moira Killian -USA

  • Jan 10, 2019 - USD $ 75.93
  • "You are a wonderful person and we are rooting for you " - Kathleen&Brian; Quinn

  • Jan 10, 2019 - USD $ 75.93
  • "Thinking of you all" - John and margaret

  • Jan 09, 2019 - USD $ 63.45
  • "Wishing you all the best Mark. " - Sian

  • Jan 09, 2019 - USD $ 26.37
  • "Thinking of you" - Anon

  • Jan 09, 2019 - USD $ 133.70
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery!!!!" - Robynne & Seth Rubin

  • Jan 09, 2019 - USD $ 33.45
  • "Wishing you a complete recovery" - Rob

  • Jan 09, 2019 - USD $ 71.62
  • "Best wishes for a speedy recovery. " - Les Schneider

  • Jan 09, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "May God’s peace be with you and your family." - Anonymous

  • Jan 09, 2019 - USD $ 75.34
  • "Thinking of you all. We hope this new treatment is successful. xx " - Anonymous

  • Jan 09, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "You can do it, Mark !" - Colin and Bev

  • Jan 09, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "??????" - Anon

  • Jan 09, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "You will prevail " - Anon

  • Jan 09, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "Keep up the fight," - Julian&margaux;

  • Jan 09, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Be the outlier! " - The Simpsons

  • Jan 09, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep on fighting Mark!! " - Michael and Nicola McEwen

  • Jan 08, 2019 - USD $ 75.71
  • "Keep it going Laigs!" - Cunty

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep going Mark..." - Anonymous

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 1 020.00
  • "Stay strong and keep fighting. Thinking of you and the family." - Nev

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 110.00
  • "Keep going Mark!! Maybyour efforts give you more time and in turn help others too! Never give up. " - Anon

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Wishing you all the best! Keep fighting, Mark. We're all in your corner " - Tamryn Russell

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 10 282.00
  • "Go Mark" - George G

  • Jan 08, 2019 - USD $ 75.71
  • "Get well dude" - Joel G

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Keep up the fight Mark." - A

  • Jan 08, 2019 - USD $ 37.85
  • "Keep on fighting Mark." - Steve & Jackie Kennedy

  • Jan 08, 2019 - USD $ 143.93
  • "Go for it Legs" - Dup

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Lots of love and strength to all of you xxx" - Marcia

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "You can do this legs." - Boerie

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 10 282.00
  • "Keep fighting my friend" - Garfield Botha

  • Jan 08, 2019 - USD $ 52.60
  • "Keep fighting!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 08, 2019 - USD $ 134.81
  • "Legs, keep going bud. You can do this. Thinking of you." - Anonymous

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Keep fighting" - Anonymous

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "so much love to you and your fam xx" - jules

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Sending out positive vibes! " - Anonymous

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 10 000.00
  • "You are all in our prayers xxx" - Anonymous

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 100 010.00
  • "Keep believing mark" - Anonymous

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 1 500.00
  • "You can do it Lego! " - Baz 'n Shaz

  • Jan 08, 2019 - USD $ 264.98
  • "Keep Fighting Legs ... Luke and Logan " - Luke

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "You are an inspiration. Keep fighting!!" - Jo McClure

  • Jan 08, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending so much love" - Lea family

  • Jan 08, 2019 - USD $ 150.49
  • "Keep on running Lags!" - Keith

  • Jan 07, 2019 - USD $ 71.51
  • "I don’t know you Mark but I know of you through Urs and Lauren, I wish you so much love." - Davidson

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 10 282.00
  • "All the best Mark" - Jason

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery champ! " - Shane and Siophan

  • Jan 07, 2019 - USD $ 263.28
  • "Rooting for you Legs! " - Swannie

  • Jan 07, 2019 - USD $ 37.61
  • "Blaze the trail" - Anon

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Thinking of you all" - Alayne Meinesz

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Sending love, light and strength. " - Anon

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "Xx" - Anonymous

  • Jan 07, 2019 - USD $ 57.20
  • "Always thinking of you Mark! " - Kieran and Sheila

  • Jan 07, 2019 - USD $ 357.53
  • "Keep moving forward " - Nick

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "You are in our prayers, do not stop believing!!" - Marie-louise & Hannes van Zyl

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep fighting Mark- you're an inspiration to us all!" - John

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Hey Mark.. we love you!" - The Ten Brink Family

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "All the very best....in my prayers" - Anonymous

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Legdog, if one man can beat this its you my pal!! " - Wort

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "You can beat this mark!! " - Anonymous

  • Jan 07, 2019 - USD $ 150.45
  • "Keep fighting Legs!!" - Steps

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep the faith" - Peta

  • Jan 07, 2019 - USD $ 376.12
  • "We love you Mark xxxxx" - Anonymous

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "With lots of love to all of you." - N&J

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best Mark." - Jacques

  • Jan 07, 2019 - USD $ 66.92
  • "Best wishes and prayers for full healing. " - Denise & Ali

  • Jan 07, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Thoughts and Prayers with you bud! A true inspiration!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 07, 2019 - USD $ 747.44
  • "-" - Sultan & T-bone

  • Jan 06, 2019 - USD $ 75.34
  • "All strength Mark. You are an inspiration. " - M

  • Jan 06, 2019 - USD $ 82.37
  • "Sending do much love and strength xx" - Kia and Byron

  • Jan 06, 2019 - R 10 150.00
  • "Thinking of you all - you are in our prayers! " - F & R

  • Jan 06, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "You’ve got this Mark! Keep your faith, miracles do happen!" - Vernon and Andrea

  • Jan 06, 2019 - USD $ 376.73
  • "Thinking of you Mark and praying for full recovery. " - Taryn Barclay

  • Jan 06, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Keep up the fight...beat this.....prayers for your healthy recuperation. " - Buitensorg Farm - Bonnievale

  • Jan 06, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "With best wishes to a brave fighter. Praying for your complete recovery. " - Cecil and Moira Schneider

  • Jan 06, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Lego you legend!!!" - Boen

  • Jan 06, 2019 - USD $ 37.67
  • "Keep fighting!" - Mandy

  • Jan 06, 2019 - USD $ 112.32
  • "Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family from Aus. Keep up the good fight Mark! Iggi & Barbie McBride" - Iggi

  • Jan 06, 2019 - USD $ 112.32
  • "Hi Mark, We love your bravery. We hope this small contribution goes some way toward providing you the care you need to make a full recovery! Love your family in Sydney. " - Ana & Marija

  • Jan 06, 2019 - USD $ 381.93
  • "Love you. Keep positive and fighting xx" - D&J-bird

  • Jan 06, 2019 - USD $ 213.54
  • "You are so loved and have so much support. You can do this x " - Lingovich Kowalski and family

  • Jan 06, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thinking of you." - Herman

  • Jan 06, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep fighting. You are amazing and an inspiration." - Tony Mullins family

  • Jan 06, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Keep strong brother!" - Jos

  • Jan 06, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "To a runner who always had a smile on his face...all the very best!" - Karl W.

  • Jan 05, 2019 - USD $ 1 052.12
  • "Thoughts and prayers with you Mark " - Bernadette Rice

  • Jan 05, 2019 - USD $ 143.24
  • "Keep on fighting! Thinking of you!" - Dons M

  • Jan 05, 2019 - USD $ 381.72
  • "We love you Mark, sending you hugs from London! Xx " - Jess, Dave & Lauren

  • Jan 05, 2019 - R 5 075.00
  • "Keep fighting- you’ve been amazing xxx" - Anon

  • Jan 05, 2019 - USD $ 150.69
  • "Thinking of you lagans" - Donaghmore Nugents

  • Jan 05, 2019 - USD $ 602.76
  • "Thinking about you and praying for you all the time..Charlie Craig (and Nancy, Cliodhna & Fintan)" - Cliodhna Craig

  • Jan 05, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "With love and great admiration xxx" - Anonymous

  • Jan 05, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "Good luck. With love." - Lolo and Charts

  • Jan 05, 2019 - USD $ 150.69
  • "You’re an inspiration Mark Lagan" - Anonymous

  • Jan 05, 2019 - USD $ 75.34
  • "Keep fighting Lags! #inspiration" - Anonymous

  • Jan 05, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "#markmatters" - Anonymous

  • Jan 05, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Keep up the fight Mark! We’re all rooting for you! <3" - The Greens

  • Jan 05, 2019 - USD $ 59.94
  • "Lots of love to Mark and Family! Xxx" - Ruth, Paul and Jack

  • Jan 05, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "We pray for a healthy future and complete recovery " - Grace

  • Jan 04, 2019 - USD $ 1 047.87
  • "You are exceptional Mark. Keep up the fight! X" - WB

  • Jan 04, 2019 - R 20 564.00
  • "Have been praying for you Mark. Keep fighting! " - Hally

  • Jan 04, 2019 - USD $ 1 102.36
  • "We love you Markie" - Anonymous

  • Jan 03, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "#specialperson!" - Janette Mayne

  • Jan 03, 2019 - R 5 000.00
  • "#markmatters" - Sophie

  • Jan 03, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Sending Lots of Love" - Kate B

  • Jan 03, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Sending you lots of love and support xx" - Friend of Mark

  • Jan 03, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "You are a champion, Mark!" - Anonymous

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In November 2016, Mark (42 years) was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer in the form of inoperable stage IV glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). We were told by doctors that he had less than 6 months, given the speed at which the tumour was growing. 

 

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