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Fighting for A Firefighter

Fighting for A Firefighter

On 24 Jan 2018, in

By Madison Loethen

Marc Wright dedicated his life to serving his community. He spent his 25-years-plus career serving with both the Columbia Fire Department and Boone Hospital Center Emergency Medical Team. So when the community learned that Marc was fighting cancer, of course, it wanted to return the favor.

Marc first learned of his cancer diagnosis in 2014, when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He underwent surgery to remove a softball-sized tumor, which was followed by chemotherapy. After 12 rounds of chemo, Marc found out his cancer had moved to his liver. He underwent a 17-hour surgery to remove the two tumors that had developed. This was followed another 12 rounds of chemo. His tests came back clear for a few months, but the cancer had returned to his liver, leading to more chemo. Marc now has cancer in his liver, two lymph nodes, and one of his lungs.

Marc receives treatment at Missouri Cancer Associates from Mark Tungesvik, MD, someone Marc says has truly helped him through his journey.

“Dr. Tungesvik has just been fabulous. We’re fortunate to have such great doctors here in mid-Missouri.”

Dr. Tungesvik says it has been a pleasure to get to know Marc, and he now considers him family.

“He is a joy to be around. The true nature of a man is revealed when he is confronted with extraordinary challenges. Marc has proven himself to be a strong man of faith. He is an inspiration to us all. To walk with him in his journey, to share in his adventure, is an honor. May we all be as strong as Marc when we are put to the test,” says Dr. Tungesvik.

Marc’s friends, Tommy Goran and Jeff Strawn from the Columbia Fire Department, came up with the idea for a fundraiser to Marc. They wanted to have a dinner and auction to raise money to send him to New York City to ride along with the New York Fire Department’s Rescue Company 1, something that has always been Marc’s dream.

“When they first came to me with the idea, I wanted to say no because those guys have already done so much for me. But they insisted, and I was overwhelmed by the kindness of my friends,” says Marc. 

The fundraiser was held in October and was a huge success. Hundreds of people turned out to support Marc. Donations were made by people and businesses all over mid-Missouri. The event ended up raising around $15,000 – 12 thousand more they had needed. The additional funds are being donated to charitable organizations in the community.

Marc says his trip was awesome. He spent a whole day riding along with Rescue 1 and was also able to visit the National September 11 Memorial.

“The trip was amazing. The 9/11 Memorial was overwhelming. I just tried to take it all in and think about what that day meant for our country and those who serve. Riding along with Rescue 1 was a tremendous experience. I made a lot of new friendships. The fire station has such an amazing history,” says Marc.

Marc says he will always be grateful for the community allowing one of his dreams to come true, but for now, he’s just happy to be back home with the people he loves.


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15 comments on article "Fighting for A Firefighter"

Roxy Van Pool

1/24/2018 10:27 AM

I met Marc last summer and his faith in God and trust in our Savior Jesus, caused me to look closer at what is important. He is one of the most awesome people I’ve met. Continue to pray for him.

Shirley Morriss Dodge

1/24/2018 11:10 AM

What a beautiful tribute to such an amazing man. Marc has been such a great friend to my family in Jefferson City and for that I will always be so grateful. We need more Marc’s in our world. Not a night goes by that I don’t pray for him. He is a true warrior in every sense of the word. God bless you Marc.


1/24/2018 1:20 PM

I don’t know you, I may have met you, but I’m not sure. My heart goes out to you and I’ll pray for you everyday.

Tracy Garrison

1/24/2018 2:16 PM

Marc you are a true hero and will be greatly missed. You have been a great friend.

Frankie Sue Farmer

1/24/2018 6:03 PM

I was diagnosed in 2014 with Breast Cancer. My doctor also is Dr. Mark Tungesvik with Missouri Cancer Associates-I will be seeing him in a couple of weeks. My prayers are with you Marc Wright!!!

Jessie Caldwell

1/24/2018 11:08 PM

I met Marc back in 2000-2001 when I was in nursing school. He has always been very kind and friendly. Although, We don’t talk very often in day to day life, Marc has alway said hello in passing or given a head nod and a smile. The world does need more Marc’s in it.

Nikka Cummings

1/25/2018 9:09 AM

Mark, I watch the video this morning of you singing The Dance. You have an AMAZING voice. You are a true inspiration. Praying for you.

Nichole Victoria

1/25/2018 9:12 AM

Marc, I don't know you or your family. My home is in NC, but I came across your sister's video on facebook of your beautiful rendition of The Dance. I'm sorry for all you're going through. You are a true warrior. Thank you for all you've done for your community. It must be weird that someone that doesn't even know another person can have so many emotions for that person, but your heart shows through your singing so it was easy to feel and want to reach out. The strength of your spirit will forever endure.

Carol Bringle

1/25/2018 9:40 AM

You are a true .. Inspiration .. You have a BeaUtifUl singing voice .. God bless you and your family .. In your spare time .. Try out for the .. VOICE and .. I would vote for you as the winner in a heart beat ..


Carol .. Aka .. Angel

Tammy Stewart

1/25/2018 11:02 AM

Beautiful story of friends and community making Marc’s dream come true and then helping other people going through cancer. Praying for Marc, his family and friends🙏🏻

Robert Swin

1/25/2018 3:41 PM

Marc, I am also a firefighter and found out last year that I had cancer. Stay strong brother, I will be praying for you and your family.

Zenaida sosa

1/25/2018 3:49 PM

allah protects your life and will give you the strength and spiritual Peace that you need and the understanding of the purpose for which you are passing allah is within your heart


1/25/2018 4:14 PM

You are an awesome human being. I just heard you sing The Dance and read your back story. I wish I could put my arms around sounds like you are fighting this cancer with all you have...... don't give up. God bless you and your family. I believe in miracles. My sister lost her battle with colon cancer a little over a year ago. Unfortunately, her diagnosis was too late for treatment to help, but she told the docs she wanted to fight with everything she had..........I am praying for you. God bless.


1/25/2018 10:34 PM

Thank you for showing us your faith in God through music. Your song touched my heart. I am a stranger to you, but you have shown the world exactly what our God wants you to teach to those strangers: love.

May you feel love wrapped around you at this time, and may your voice continue throughout all your days on Earth and into the eternities.


1/26/2018 8:41 PM

Beautiful song sung by a beautiful soul. May God bless you, and your family. Thank you for your service to your community.

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