Saturday May 7, 2016 found the Osseo, WI High School Commons area full of area artists, craft vendors, and musicians all there to Celebrate the remarkable life of Mark Wehner and to support Rein in Sarcoma in Mark’s name.
Mark defines the term survivor having survived five bouts with Sarcoma since 2000. He has fought with determination, humor and the resilience provided by family, friends and music. Looking around the commons area it is easy to tell that Mark is much beloved by his students and the community.
Playing and singing in front of a lighted Rein in Sarcoma sign a long list of former students took the stage to play and then jam with each other and Mark. No teacher can dream of a better tribute than performing with and being serenaded by such a talented group of young musicians he had mentored and taught. Several of the craft vendors were also students of Mark’s. If you look around Mark’s house you see paintings and painted instruments made by the students.
Melissa McDaniel and Brian Bethke engineered the whole afternoon aided by a dedicated volunteer corps of people. Everyone had a wonderful time and in doing so also made $1,800 to help Rein in Sarcoma to continue our mission of patient support, education of medical personnel and the public about sarcoma, and medical research. Part of the success of the afternoon came from the publicity that was crated for the Celebration. The local Eau Clare TV station featured the event including a great rendition of Campfire Blues by Brian and Mark.
At the end of the Celebration, the leadership team presented Mark a lighted sign “Dum Spiro Spero” appropriately translated as “While I breath, I hope”. It was an emotional and meaningful moment.
Update April 2017: This was the final time for the “Celebration of Life”, Mark recently passed away. Click here to read about Mark, his journey and his music.