A love story: Mark Menendez’s fight to save his wife from pancreatic cancer

Happier days, I took this shot moments after Mark won the Elite Series event on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark., in 2009.Happier days, I took this shot moments after Mark won the Elite Series event on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark., in 2009.
I told Mark, I was there for him…as are the 100 Elites.

I wanted to tell him more, tell him a secret I believe, but I too was all cried out, but Mark my friend, here’s what I can only write, could never say it face-to-face without a complete breakdown,

take comfort in this,

it is what I told my wife Barb before they wheeled me away for my brain tumor surgery last year,

Docs told me there was a better than even chance I would come out of the surgery blind, 20% not myself, a small percentage even worse.

So this is what I told Barb, whisper words of wisdom.

I told her, “Don’t worry babe, there will always be, 401.”

True love, like you have for Donna, like I have for Barb, is made in heaven, and I told her I believe we have been married 400 times before, and that if anything happens to me, I will come back for 401,

that please don’t be sad during the time you may have with us apart, that when it is your time, 401 will come our way,

because on our 401stfirst date, I will rub your tired feet,

and you will know that it’s me.

I will whisper the lyrics of our song in your ear on our 401stfirst dance.

I will hold just your thumb on our 401stfirst walk through the park.

Mark, you and Donna have been together forever as well, I can see it when you are together, when you talk and tell stories of each other,

love, my friend, is forever,

and someday, a long time from now, I know this to be true,

you will look into a young girl’s eyes,

and they will be Donna’s eyes,

for the 401st,

first time.

Take comfort in that, my friend.

Take comfort, that love guides, that love nurtures,

that love lasts forever,

and that love,

true love,

waits.

“…I'll come to be with you.”

“Steal My Heart Away”

Van Morrison

Believe if you believe, wonder if you wonder, but please say a prayer for Donna, Mark, Caroline and Max Menendez.

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