Local Man Fights Leukemia for the Second Time

Local Man Fights Leukemia for the Second Time

Parsons Resident Marcus Jackson has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
PARSONS, KS --- If you ask Marcus Jackson who is favorite super hero is, he'd say Superman.

"I mean he can leap tall buildings in a single bound. He's faster than a locomotive.  He's that guy." Marcus Jackson said  

But like Superman, the Parsons resident has a Kryptonite.  For Marcus, it's Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, now fighting the disease for the second time in four years.

"Anything that could, you know do any risk to your body or immune system, that's pretty much what it is targeting," Marcus said.     

Marcus has wondered "Why me".  But he also feels bad for his mother, Helen Jackson.

"I thought that part of it was my fault that she had to put her life on hold like i had to do with mine," Marcus said.   

"That broke my heart because he comes first," Helen Jackson said.  "It'll be alright and it has been alright.  It's going to be ok."

Through all the treatments, check ups, and setbacks, Marcus and Helen both say the adversity has brought them closer.

"She's seen my best and my worst," Marcus said.  "Having her there with me really means alot."     

"God wants to bring us so much closer together," Helen said.  "And I'm glad for that. I believe that we needed to be closer."

Fighting Leukemia again, Marcus knows he has his mom and the rest of the Jackson family by his side.  But also remembers what Superman has taught him.

"Not letting anything defeat me.  Not letting anything bring me down," Marcus Jackson said.

Recently, a 100% bone marrow match was found for Marcus and he will have a transplant later this month. 

For more information on Marcus, you can visit www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/4Marcus

Here are upcoming events for Marcus Jackson on Saturday, April 19th in Parsons.

-A Marrow Donor Registry Drive will be going on from 12PM-5PM at the Elks Lodge.

-Zumba for Marcus-Parsons High School, 10AM-12:30PM.  Five dollar cost.

-Kids Fun Time-Elks Lodge, 3PM-5PM.  Donations at the door.

-Dinner and Silent Auction-Elks Lodge, 6PM-8PM.  Eight dollar cost.

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