“I can’t thank you enough,” Mark told Dr. Kristin Burkart, who has been caring for Mark in the ICU and was the one to share the good news.
Says David: “We’re so thankful to the entire team at NewYork-Presbyterian for taking such good care of Mark and our family and to everyone who helped make this happen.”
Mark was transported to New York City’s Central Park by ambulance, accompanied by a team of two critical care paramedics, a critical care nurse, a critical care nurse practitioner, and his pulmonary critical care doctor, Dr. Burkart. In coordination with city officials and the NYPD, the hospital had arranged for Mark to be brought to the finish line, so he could witness his brother achieve a dream they’ve been working toward for three years.
“It’s going to be a magical experience,” says Mark who has been helping David train for the race that he had hoped to run before his diagnosis.
The siblings had promised to make the most of their time together after Mark was diagnosed with fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a rare liver cancer, in 2018. David’s running of the New York City Marathon has been a team effort born out of brotherly love. “Mark has pushed me through so much,” says David, 28. “He’s been putting me through a rigorous training regimen through rain, snow, and sleet. The time is finally here.”