Mark Spewak of Team L.I.F.E. to run for Joey Renick at the 2016 Boston Marathon

Click here to donate to Mark's Effort for Joey

Joey Renick, a 22 year old nursing student at the Goldfarb School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO recently relapsed for the 2nd time with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.  He first began this battle when he was just 3 years old, going through 3 years of chemotherapy treatment which was successful at putting him into remission at age 6.  Then 12 years later, tests revealed his cancer had returned.  He successfully achieved remission through another fight with cancer after 2 more years of intense treatment and harsh chemotherapy.  His hospital and nursing staff inspired him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the Goldfarb School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO.  He was nearly halfway through the program when he learned he would now have to face it for a 3rd time.  Joey's faith and endurance are truly an inspiration to us all and he strides through everything life has thrown his way. Last month, L.I.F.E. paid a visit to Joey in the hospital and was able to assist him with some of his medical costs thanks to the generous donations given to our organization for this exact reason.

Joey & Caylee
(Pictured above: Joey and his fiancée Caylee)


It was then that we were able to connect Joey, with local marathoner Mark Spewak, a 23 year old communications major at Webster University in St. Louis, who will be running his second Boston Marathon on Monday April 18th.  This time, it will be in honor of Joey.  Mark finished the 2015 Boston Marathon in 2:49:59, and has been training nearly 100 miles per week with hopes of improving that time.  In Mark's video that he posted on YouTube, "This year I'm teaming up with a local charity called L.I.F.E. that raises cancer patients in need.  This year in St. Louis, there is a local nursing student who needs our help, and his name is Joey.  Please take the time today to look at Joey's page and consider donating to him."  Mark is also the founder of local charity organization "More Miles More Smiles" which was created to inspire people on a daily basis, one mile at a time.  The 2016 Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 18th.

L.I.F.E. is 100% volunteer driven, so 100% of all donated funds are given directly to patients and research programs.  100% of all donations made on Mark's fundraising page for Joey will be given directly to him.and his family.  Stay strong Joey - we are all praying for you, and look forward to seeing you wear those nursing school scrubs again!  Good luck Mark, and thanks for everthing that you do!

Mark's effort for Joey


  • The reason that these years have been the best is that I think that I might have had a somewhat positive impact on your lives and perhaps your understanding of what cancer is and what it can do, to both those of us that it has personally attacked and those of us who know someone who is going through it. -Eric McLean
  • I just want children to be left with a better life than what I was left with," he said. "I want them to experience the feeling I had in my life when I realized that I really mattered.
    ~ Larry Hisle
  • Realistically, I have two more Olympic cycles in me. I'm not going to let this beat me.  I've gained a lot of strength from you guys, if Eric can fight 5 times over I can overcome this one year of setbacks.
    ~ Chris Solinsky
  • Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men. ~ Albert Einstein
  • Never, never, never give up.
    ~ Winston Churchill
  • I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! ~ Dr. Seuss
  • Once you choose hope, anything's possible.
    ~ Christopher Reeve
  • If you're going through hell, keep going.
    ~ Winston Churchill