SciFighting was founded on the principle of educating people on the science behind all the various martial arts styles and raising awareness on the immense health benefits of mixed martial arts conditioning. Three tenets drive this company each day. Inform, Educate and Entertain. One tenet drives me every minute. Advocate!
When the battles with my health seemed impossible to win I dealt with my frustrations through constant conditioning in mixed martial arts. It kept me focused, sane and willing to push harder, to fight longer, to go through whatever it took to survive. I have been fortunate to have family with the resources to help me get to where I am today. Yet not every family is so fortunate. . .
Today, one of our writers (Adam Conklin) asked about doing “something” for a kick boxer named Mark “Fightshark” Miller, who fought in the Glory promotion. I thought, at first, it was another injury piece. Something routine, yet once I looked over the story I saw it was far closer to home than I had imagined.
Mark Miller, aka Fightshark, has lived his entire life with CHD and Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is an endocrine disorder that requires treatment with insulin (usually injectable form) from birth and for the rest of one’s life. Many with this disorder require insulin pumps to stay healthy and their life spans can be cut short due to complications stemming from the disorder.
CHD, otherwise known as Congenital Heart Defects, is a term used to categorize a number of heart defects that can be present at birth. Those defects can affect the shape, function and longevity of the human heart, and more often than anyone would wish, those with congenital defects may require multiple open heart surgeries throughout their life to survive.
At the end of October of 2013 (just a mere two months ago) Mark Miller fell ill and was hospitalized in November due to his CHD. With no insurance in hand, his out of pocket medical expenses may likely reach into the six figure range. And as many of you know that is more money than many fighters see in a lifetime.
A kind soul by the name of Jen Lepp befriended Mark some years ago and started a fund to help him cover the medical costs of his critical treatment.
I don’t know any other way to say this other than: “Please help this fighter!”
You can go to the Mark “Fightshark” Miller Medical Fund to make a charitable donation.
Even a mere 50 cents from just a portion of you who read our stories every day would help save a life. A life that has been spent advocating for others and entertaining thousands. Please give him a chance to keep doing what we all love. Please show him that he’s not alone in this fight!
Learn more about CHD by visiting the Mayo Clinic’s information page:
For information about Type 1 Diabetes, visit the Mayo Clinic’s information page: