Radio & TV interview now available see bottom of page (added 11/4/15)
Mark touched many people’s lives but none more so than in the last 24 years during his time with Marlin Cars.
Mark was my soul mate and after he passed I felt too raw to cope with lots of people, other than very close friends and family, at his funeral. However I recognised that, of course, Marlin owners and suppliers, other Sports Car manufacturers, Motorbikers, Racing drivers, local clay pigeon gunclub members and many more like minded friends & acquaintances would want to come and say goodbye to Mark as well as sharing their memories of the time they spent with him.
We will use this chance to also raise money for the wonderful charities that helped us during this time and to try and continue to raise awareness of the terrible (Cholangiocarcinoma) bile duct/liver cancer that took Marks life. See below.
Only weeks before Mark passed he agreed to an interview with both the local BBC radio & TV stations (see link below to access these) to help highlight how this liver cancer is taking more lives a year than cervical cancer but so few know of it.
The irony is, with a simple urine dip test, this could have be diagnosed so much earlier and even though, in the majority of cases sadly the cancer is still known as being terminal, for us and I’m sure many others, it would have been wonderful to have had so much more quality time together.
By the time the doctors took proper notice of Mark’s symptoms, he was already at stage 4 and his prognoses was only months, even with treatment. The regime of this treatment, which was extremely aggressive to attack an extremely aggressive cancer, sadly also caused Mark to have a heart attack three months in, however Mark always felt it wouldn’t get him and with true grit and determination he managed to survive for another fifteen months which eventually lead to him leaving us behind the wonderful new ‘Avatar One’ racing car avatarsportscars.co.uk and www.facebook.com/avatarsportscars
This, along with our other Marlin models, will be his legacy and of course myself, Kevin, Dylan and many others will continue to fly the flag for Mark and Marlin Sports Cars.
If you would like to share your memories of Mark (Marlin or otherwise) with words or pictures or both do please send them to me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be delighted to put them up on these pages for you.
For more information about Marks type of cancer, or if you would like to make a donation to this wonderful charity before the event or if you can't make it, than please go to ammf.org.uk. Please also check out a local Devon charity www.hospiscare.co.uk. Without their help (especially Hilary) I just don’t know how we would have been able to get through the last eighteen months and they are still continuing to support me even now. I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.