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Team Sparky

One night in March of 2014 my brother Mark did not come home from work. No one could reach him on his phone nor did we know where he was. His wife started calling the police, sheriff and hospitals with no luck. She decided to drive the route he would have taken to his office. At 2:00am she called to let me know she had found him. There are no words to describe the depth of despair in finding out my only brother was gone. The unimaginable had happened, he took his own life.

If you knew Mark, you know that he was the life of the party, always laughing, making jokes and bringing smiles to the faces of everyone he met. He was always quick to try and point out the positive in situations and would go out of his way to help others. He loved the outdoors, hiking, skiing, camping and playing soccer. He always excelled in everything he did, yet he always wanted to do better. He was driven, smart and incredibly sensitive to the feelings of those he cared most about. He possessed a spark for life and lived it to the fullest, hence his nickname of "Sparky Marky".

On the outside, he was an awesome dad, a great friend and the best brother I could have ever had. Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him loved him. It was hard not to! He was that guy who had it all: a wife, five great kids, a nice house and a good job.

On the inside, he was suffering from depression to the level none of us fully understood. Every day was a struggle for him. He shared some of those demons with me but in the end it became too much for him to bear. I know he tried, I know he wanted to find peace in his life, he just never got there.

I started Team Sparky four years ago with the intent of honoring my brothers life in some way. Each year our team grows and I am so thankful for the continued support from my friends and family. Come out and run with us (or walk), the more the merrier as they say!

Thank you for visiting. This cause is very dear to our team, and we appreciate all the support we can get! Together we can make a difference! - Team Sparky

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