Man who lost wife to cancer tries to inspire others fighting the disease
A local man finds purpose in giving to others fighting the same disease that took his wife.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As Mark Walling unloads several bags outside James Graham Brown Cancer Center, it's easy to see he still wears a wedding ring. It's a sign that even death can't break the bond he and his wife shared.
The original diagnosis is still hard to talk about.
"Back in January of 2015 my wife Tracey of 38 years was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia," he explained.
What happened after 8 and a half months of fighting it, is even tougher to discuss.
Tracey Walling passed away at this time last year.
"I miss her, and will miss her for the rest of my life," Mark said.
A lot of people would be inconsolable near the anniversary, and understandably so. Not Mark.
He's sad, but the loss is also fueling him.
He's walking the halls where Tracey used to get treatment, even talking to some of the very nurses and doctors that did their best to help her.
The bags he's carting around are filled.
"Just with some things that people who are going through chemo treatment might use on a daily basis," he explained.
Things like hand sanitizer, leggings, and candy.
"There are going to be times where they're cold, or times when they're hot, or times where their lips are try, or times when their mouths are dry," Mark said.
The goal was to hold a drive and collect 30 bags worth.
An overwhelming response allowed 139 bags to be filled and passed out Monday.
"I appreciate that. Mark," said one patient.
Each bag, will in no doubt, help. The perfect way, Marks says, to honor a woman who gave him quite the life.
"If any of those things, in those bags, can bring relief to those people, then what we've done is worth while," Mark said.
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