This week sadly marks the one year anniversary of the last weeks of my brother’s, life. On November 7th, Marc was admitted to UAMS for worsening symptoms of shortness of breath and confusion. By November 12th, he was in the ICU, sedated, and intubated. We were told he needed a surgical procedure that he had only a 10% chance of surviving but would not live without. What a challenging decision for Nancy, his wife, to make. She looked to Mom, Dad, and I along with nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and in-laws for comfort, support, and confirmation. She looked to God the most. This was evident when Marc pulled through the surgery.
The next several weeks were ups and downs. He actually came off the ventilator for a few short days but could not keep his oxygen level up. In the end, we lost the battle. Marc began having multi-organ failure and his body was too weak from the liver failure and transplant to recover. Even his surgeon held out hope until the very end.
We had the prayers of so many (some we did not even know), we had visits to UAMS from friends, family, and co-workers. We had a great team of nurses, doctors, and ancillary staff in the ICU. And, when the time came to let Marc leave this world and his tired and worn out body, we had a wonderful team of Palliative Care professionals to make it a comfortable transition for Marc and all of us.
NEABaptist Charitable Foundation hosts The Marc Ford Patient Assistance Program. It is a charitable fund we, his family, started to give back to the community. The love and assistance Marc received over the last years of his life were overwhelming. Nancy, Mom, Dad, and I wanted others to have that assistance as well. Since the fund has started we have seen others helped. In the words of Robbie Johnson, Director of the Charitable Foundation: “Through this fund we have already seen patients dealing with chronic kidney disease helped. These patients often find themselves needing dialysis three times a week. Buying a simple tank of gas in order to receive these lifesaving treatments can be a burden to the patients. But thanks to those who have generously given to support the Marc Ford Patient Assistance Fund, these needy patients no longer have to worry about how they will make it to their treatments.”
NEABaptist will be lighting the Christmas tree in the hospital lobby, November 22nd at 5 pm. The Lights of Love campaign will benefit Marc’s Fund at NEABaptist. As a way to honor or remember a loved one this holiday season, you may purchase a luminary which will be displayed at the ceremony and will remain in hospital lobby throughout the month of November. The name of each person honored or remembered will be listed in the Christmas Tree Lighting Program.
Luminaries are $10 each or $25 for a luminary and a keepsake ornament.
To order, click here on the NEABaptist Charitable Foundation website link to order online.
If you want to mail in your order, download this order form:
And, please attend the Christmas Tree Lighting Program on November 22nd at 5 pm in the hospital lobby at NEABaptist. What a beautiful way to remember those who have gone on before us, this Christmas season, while helping others in need as well.