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Looking for a 'Miracle for Marcus'

Though home, Marcus isn't out of the woods, said his mother. He still requires 24-hour care, with Alexander getting help from two private duty nurses and her mother, Laurie Donaldson.

"We still have a long ways to go, but he's come a long way, too," said Alexander. "He's just amazing."

What's complicated matters, though, is Alexander has had unreliable transportation and has ever-mounting expenses related to Marcus' care, not to mention taking care of her two other children, Arianna, 5, and Skylar, 2.

Marcus' family receives Medicaid but Medicaid does not cover all the things Marcus needs to care for him, said Alexander. The family still has to travel to Boston for routine appointments, and the cost of fuel and lodging has become even more burdening. That's where Bubba Gonyo and Cindy Bapp, founders of the Bubba-Bapp Foundation stepped in.

"He's just a miracle, there's no way else to describe him," Gonyo said of Marcus. "That's why we're doing this. We want to give him a miracle, too."

Therapy Nightclub and Sports Lounge, 14 Margaret St., will host "Miracle for Marcus" next Saturday, April 2, beginning at 12 p.m. The event, organized by the Bubba-Bapp Foundation, will consist of a spaghetti dinner, talent show, double-elimination cricket dart tournament, pool tournament, and Rock Band tournament.

Entertainment will be provided by Nite Train, among other local bands. Raffle tickets will also be sold.

For more information or to make a donation toward the event, call 534-8109 or find the Miracle for Marcus page on Facebook.

Donations may also be sent in care of Laurie Donaldson to 732 State Route 374, Apt. A, Cadyville N.Y. 12918.

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