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Bill Joyner
08-12-2010, 09:40
For any of you 10th groupers that know Mark.

Mark was my senior commo on ODA 014 (95-99). I received the following email from his wife Vicky, If any of you can, please send Mark a postcard IAW Vicky's request

Hello Bill,

It is hard for me to write to tell that yes Mark was in a Tragic accident. Four months ago he was cycling to work and ran into a parked semi trailer truck. He broke his neck and a few days later suffered a stroke.
I certainly has been a very stressful time, Mark spent the first 6 weeks in a critical condition. He has slowly started coming out of the fog. Mark is now in rehab, learning how to cope and manage. He has been diagnosed with quadriplegia, he has no movement below the chest or finger movement. He does have wrist elbows, shoulders and his head. This is a lot so we are more fortunate than most quads. The stroke has had a huge effect on his recovery, he has limited short term memory, limited eye sight on the right and some movement problems on his right arm.

That's all the bad news. The good news is, it is still Mark. He is just as funny as ever, never gets mad or frustrated which amazes me and he keeps his nurses laughing all day. I see his determination each day learning new ways to be able to get on with life.

He is getting the best care that you could find, Mark was covered by a work cover insurance that pays for everything from income to equipment, carers and even home modifications. We own our home, so financially we will be ok.

Personally I feel very lucky that he is still alive, we still have a fun future ahead of us- it will just be very challenging. There are so many opportunities available for us. I know this is a sad letter to read, but the one thing that Mark and I agree is that we do not feel sorry for ourselves, we have each other and great kids.
All the best to your family, I know Mark always liked and respected you, and would have wanted to pass the on the news. Feel free to pass this letter on to any of Marks colleges.

Lastly if you have time can you send a postcard - we are on a mission to see where they come from and how many Mark can get while in rehab.

Vicky Eckenroth

Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre
Mark Eckenroth
Spinal Unit bed 8
Yarra bvd
KEW VIC 3010
Australia

glebo
08-12-2010, 11:10
Very sorry to hear. Best wishes to a speedy recovery and wishing well to his family during all this.

God Speed

Ret10Echo
08-12-2010, 11:22
This was a shock to read... Thanks for passing along the news Bill. Prayers out for Mark, Vicky and the kids


Mark and I were on 014 together and that "Mark" humor is enough to put you in tears...so I understand completely what Vicky is saying about the nurses laughing all day.

Tough news nonetheless

R10

greenberetTFS
08-12-2010, 11:52
Very sorry to hear that..............My prayers are with you both.

Big Teddy

rdret1
08-12-2010, 13:45
Bill, I was sorry to hear that. We will send Vicky a postcard right away. Our prayers are with Mark and his family.

For those that don't know him, he is the second from the right in the pic.

Red Flag 1
08-12-2010, 14:58
Sorry to hear of this. Prayers out, and God Speed.

Saoirse
08-12-2010, 18:02
Bill,
Thank you for this news. I heard about it this afternoon before signing on. I will keep Mark and his family in my prayers.

God Bless,
Saoirse

rdret1
08-13-2010, 09:26
Bill, I got the word out to several other old 10th Group guys. They are spreading the word.

Bill Joyner
08-13-2010, 11:23
Thanks Rick

JJ_BPK
08-13-2010, 11:44
Prayers for Mark & his family..

Eagle5US
08-13-2010, 12:20
Thank you for relaying this to us Bill.
I'll get something in the mail today...

Joe

Abu Jack
08-13-2010, 16:37
We'll get a card in the mail too. I was in A/1/10 with Mark and Ret10E. Him and his familiy are in our thoughts and prayers.

wet dog
08-13-2010, 17:44
Thoughts out to Mark and his family.

WD

CHRISTIN
08-15-2010, 09:59
I haven't been up on the site for awhile and just read this, I'll get a card out to him asap (Monday). My hopes and prayers go out to Mark and his Family.

Bill Christina

Ambush Master
08-15-2010, 10:18
Thoughts, Prayers and Post Card OUT!!

Take care Brother!!

Martin

Tatonka316
08-15-2010, 10:46
OUR book and some bullet pens will be on the next thing smokin!

molon labe:lifter

Stras
08-15-2010, 23:33
Bill, I got the word out to several other old 10th Group guys. They are spreading the word.

Hey there, easy on the "old" !!!!:D oh wait, you were one of my instructors, so that makes you ancient.....:p

Word has been passed to more seasoned 10th SFG(A) guys.

hdgb
06-24-2011, 11:53
I missed this original thread and found it wandering around , would like to
know how he is doing , served with him and shared a great deal of memories.
We all used to say , if this goes bad we could die or worse. guess he and Vicki got worse-- thats sucks and hope they can make the remaining days together as good as possible. Mark is a good man and will fight to the end laughing and making others laugh all the way. god bless you brother.

sitfly36
09-18-2011, 18:38
I served with mark in 1st BN 10th group
And in Bosnia, hope all is good

18Z
Swan

greenberetTFS
09-19-2011, 22:42
Hey there, easy on the "old" !!!!:D oh wait, you were one of my instructors, so that makes you ancient.....:p

Word has been passed to more seasoned 10th SFG(A) guys.

Speaking of "old seasoned" 10th SFG guys,does anyone go back as far as '59 at Bad Tolz?........;)

Big Teddy :munchin

Tress
09-19-2011, 22:52
Originally posted by greenberetTFS:

Speaking of "old seasoned" 10th SFG guys,does anyone go back as far as '59 at Bad Tolz?........

Teddy,

My grandfather was there in the late '30's and early '40's. ;)

Tress

greenberetTFS
09-20-2011, 16:22
Teddy,

My grandfather was there in the late '30's and early '40's. ;)

Tress

;) :D

Big Teddy :munchin

Ret10Echo
09-20-2011, 17:54
Teddy,

My grandfather was there in the late '30's and early '40's. ;)

Tress

I don't get it....

Stras
09-21-2011, 12:52
I don't get it....

I believe it was called the Junkerschule at that point. :munchin

rdret1
09-22-2011, 09:36
https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=742594691

For those of you on FB, Mark has a page. He doesn't post often, but it is a way to keep in touch with him.