|We are missing Mark Foyer|
And if you are a fan of local Coastside sports, we know that you are too.
Many in the community have already heard that Mark is in the hospital and fighting a very serious medical situation. Doctors believe that he may have Gillian-Barre Syndrome, which is an autoimmune condition. Many recover fully, but Gillian-Barre can also be life-threatening. He was having respiratory issues in the days leading up to his hospitalization earlier this month, though I don't know that anyone really completely understands what brought this on.
Mark is currently in the ICU at Mills-Peninsula Hospital. He is not able to take visitors and the hospital says that it will accept cards on his behalf, but not flowers, banners or anything like that. We'll certainly let you know as that changes.
My understanding from reading some of the literature is that the prognosis is difficult and that it could take months or even longer for a full recovery. I need to stress that I haven't spoken with his doctors. Mark's brother has been very gracious to keep us informed of Mark's progress and I'll pass along news as it comes.
We held off talking about this here or in the newspaper for a number of days because his family asked that we wait on a more definitive diagnosis. They are now comfortable with us sharing the news. We know that Mark is beloved (and I say that without any hyperbole) by many on the coast. We -- I -- apologize for not being able to share any more information until now.
I'm in the process of putting together a plan to cover sports in Mark's absence. Many of you know Sonia Myers. She's got long roots in the local sporting world and she's agreed to help us out. I'll also be pleading with local coaches, team parents and fans to send us results and photos and to let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org of any sporting news that we should be covering. We will do our level best to honor Mark with our efforts.
All of us in the Review building are heartbroken at the moment. In many ways Mark is the heart of our newsroom. I've never met anyone more dedicated to his job, anyone more willing to work nights and weekends... I've never met anyone like Mark, period. We miss him. We want him back. Thank you for your thoughts.