A Message of Hope – #MarcusStrong

A lot of us get caught up in the daily grind, worrying and stressing about things that are so insignificant. I know I do. I worry about grey hairs and waistlines and cable outages. Then something happens and it puts everything into perspective and you realize what really matters is family, friends, faith and community…love and hope.

One of my dearest friends, Marisa Baksh, just found out her beautiful 13 year old son Marcus has stage four cancer. Marisa has held my babies, helped me figure out the complicated world of nursing a newborn, and she is beautiful inside and out. She never hesitates to lend a helping hand and be there for others.


Marcus is very much like his mama; he has always been a wonderful big brother to his two brothers and sister. He is respectful, kind, considerate, and SO brave. Marcus is filled with so much light and love and talent, if you met this kid you’d know what I mean.


There’s a fundraiser ongoing to help elevate some financial stress for this incredible family so that Marisa’s hardworking husband Tony can take some time off work and be there with his family. If you could donate it would mean the world to us. Our community has already raised over 2 grand in the five hours this fundraiser has been up…let’s keep it growing so Tony and Marisa can focus on Marcus and their siblings.

No family should have to go through this, but at least we can pull together and help support them through it.

Please feel free to help in any way that you can. Five dollars, sharing this fundraiser with the hashtag #MarcusStrong, or coming to our community events.

Thank you!


About J.C. Hannigan

25. Mother. Wife. Lover of words. Weaver of stories. My first book, Collide, is available in e-book for Amazon Kindle and Kobo.
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