My Story

Thank you for all of your support throughout Marek's journey. The benefit was a huge success, your presence and contributions meant so much. Thank you for showing us one of the best days of our lives, one we will never ever forget! Your prayers and outpouring of love, the meals brought to our doorstep, the kind and uplifting words, just reading my journal entries and in turn, sharing our tears of happiness and sadness, has been incredibly moving. We love each and every one of you more than words can describe.
Thank you.


Following a healthy pregnancy, the Stapleton family was blessed with a perfect miracle: baby Marek, born 12 days overdue following induction on July 30, 2012.  He instantly melted the hearts of his Mommy (Krissy), Daddy (Jason) and two big sisters, Hailee (6.5 yrs) and Piper (1.5 yrs).  24 hours after his birth we noticed a small enlarged area on the top of his tiny left foot.  

Concerned, we consulted copious amounts of doctors throughout the next six weeks of his life, bouncing from one referral to the next.  His diagnosis changed from a possible sprain resulting from delivery to a vascular malformation, but no one suspected the terrible news we received the night of September 19, 2012 - just seven weeks and one day after his birth.  

We were greeted in the recovery room at the Mayo Clinic shortly after Marek's biopsy with some sad news.  The pathology report had come back with a shocking diagnosis:  Our sweet baby Marek had a rare soft tissue cancer called Infantile Fibro Sarcoma (IFS).  This cancer effects roughly 7/1,000,000 infants (yes, you read that right)!  

We invite you to follow us through our journey of events and emotions including tests, treatment, surgery, love, anger, fear and courage with support, compassion and prayer.  We have a goal to remain honest and up front in regards to our feelings and experiences as we partake in this wild journey of treatment and healing with our sweet baby Marek.  

With so much love, 

The Stapleton Family

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Krissy Stapleton posted a new journal entry, "Kicking cancer's butt!".

9/19/2013 marked Marek's one year anniversary since his cancer diagnosis. Today, as I look down at my baby boy, I know we are exactly where I was hoping and praying we ... Read more

Taylor Blair signed Marek's Guestbook.

Hey Guys Haven't talked in a while was curious how Marek is doing He is getting to be a big young man now that i look at the pictures and he is defiantly a strong one :) ... Read more

Michelle Farinella signed Marek's Guestbook.

Happy Birthday Marek!  Thank you for being you and allowing us all to be part of your journey.  Lots of love to you and your fam!  Smooches,Micki Read more

deborah farinella signed Marek's Guestbook.

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAREK, GRANDMA DEBBIE AND PAPA MATT ARE SO HAPPY THAT IT'S YOUR 1ST BIRTHDAY..WE HOPE THAT YOUR VERY SPECIAL DAY IS FILLED WITH LOTS OF FUN. LOVE YOU ... Read more

Mary Tobias signed Marek's Guestbook.

Happy Birthday to a special boy and knowing he is 6 months cancer free makes my heart soar.  I am glad life is settling down for all of you and now you may move ... Read more

Krissy Stapleton posted a new journal entry, "Happy Birthday Mare-Bear!!".

Happy birthday to our baby boy! We've come a long way in just one short year, I feel like it's been much longer, yet I can't believe his first birthday is already here. ... Read more

Juleen Cardenas signed Marek's Guestbook.

Krissy, your story about Marek's new leg is extremely touching and brought happy tears to my eyes. You're speechless because words simply don't exist for this kind of love ... Read more

Kirsten Monahan signed Marek's Guestbook.

I am so very happy to hear how great he is doing. Nothing is going to keep that baby boy down he is going to be walking before you know it!! Keep on going Marek you are ... Read more

Karrie Williamson signed Marek's Guestbook.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I like how you said he knew it was a part of him...your words painted a wonderful picture for me. You will treasure all the ... Read more

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