Friends and family of Duncan’s Mark Sorenson are banding together to help after the father of two unexpectedly had to have a sudden quadruple bypass.
Stacey Holman, a close friend of Sorenson and his family, said Sorenson, who is in his 40s, was working at his business, “We’re All Sharing Together Daycare”, one day recently and began feeling ill.
Holman said Sorenson, who is also a volunteer coach, went to the hospital where it was quickly discovered that he was having heart trouble and required open heart surgery as soon as possible.
“We were all so shocked when we heard,” said Holman, who has a daughter attending Sorenson’s daycare.
“Mark is the nicest guy in the world who loves playing with and teaching the kids in his daycare all day. He has had hundreds of kids in his daycare over the years who love him and it’s very emotional for them and their families to see him have to go through this.”
Although the surgery was a success, Holman said Sorenson still has a long road to recovery ahead and will be unable to work or drive for a minimum of six weeks in order to heal completely.
She said the timeline might be lengthened if his heart doesn’t respond to the medication he is on.
“His wife, Sinead, will also need to take time off her work in order to care for Mark, who currently needs support 24/7,” Holman said.
Holman said a GoFundMe page, called “Help Mark Sorenson Recover”, has been established in an effort to raise at least $3,000 to help Sorenson and his family until he is on his feet again.
As of Sept. 7, $950 of the goal had been raised
Holman said any amount that people can give will help so that Sorenson can spend his energy healing without worrying about finances, as well as being able to get extra medical support as needed.
“He is a loving dad who wants to get back on his feet as quickly as possible to support his family,” she said.