Group Helps Terminally Ill Utah Man Fulfill Final Wishes

Nov 14, 2019, 8:40 PM | Updated: 8:46 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A small group gathered at Raw Tin Garage Thursday to help fulfill a terminally ill Utah man’s final wishes.

The group was there to create a special moment for 42-year-old Mark Reynolds, who has down syndrome and has battled cancer in the past.

“Just to watch Mark today, he was in the moment. No matter what happens tomorrow or next week, today he was in the moment,” said Raw-Tin Garage owner Mark Reynolds.

The day included a special photoshoot with Harley Davidson motorcycles, Miss Utah and Santa Claus.

Mark recently underwent emergency surgery for a bowel obstruction and doctors found an aneurysm in his heart.

“When they went in and did the operation, he ended up being septic and went into heart failure,” shared Nicole Reynolds, Mark’s cousin and caretaker.

While Mark and his family don’t know how much time he has left, Mark is making the most of it — while making others happy.

“I believe as a family, we are just kind of quality over quantity at this point,” Nicole said.“Everything is unpredictable right now. He’s not a candidate to undergo any kind of surgical procedures as far as his heart goes to repair that or remove the aneurysm. Only time can tell.”

Knowing how precious Mark’s time is, the Mascot Miracles Foundation stepped in to help make some of Mark’s biggest dreams a reality.

“He got to be here today with the motorcycles and obviously seeing Miss Utah, which is amazing to Mark,” Nicole said.

Mark Reynolds, 42, has an aneurysm in his heart and family members said they don’t know how much time he has left.

Mark said his last wish is to visit West Wendover and perform live, on stage.

“He’s always said that he wanted to perform in front of a live audience that’s huge and so he gets to make that dream a reality,” Nicole said.

It’s in this way that Mark reminded us sometimes life isn’t about changing the outcome — it’s about enjoying today.

“The opportunity to go and fulfill the rest of his dreams is just phenomenal,” Nicole said.

Mark has been invited to join the Garage Boys Band on stage in West Wendover on Saturday. He will help them perform “Saturday Night.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

3 vacant house fires spark in one week in SLC’s Ballpark neighborhood

Community frustrated after three fires broke out at the same row of vacant homes in Salt Lake City's Ballpark neighborhood in just the past week.
1 day ago
Shara Park

Memorial set up for woman killed in Provo hit and run

Yellow ribbons lined a Holladay neighborhood Friday in support of a family who lost a loved one in a hit and run crash in Provo.
1 day ago
Michael Locklear

With so many kids sick, some Utah pharmacies run out of liquid Tylenol, ibuprofen

As parents deal with sick children, some are also facing another challenge. Some common medications can be hard to find, including liquid Tylenol and ibuprofen.
1 day ago
Mike Anderson

Hardware WMA sleigh rides return after two-year hiatus

For the first time in two years, sleigh rides up the Blacksmith Fork Canyon are back — where families can see herds of elk and get a winter meal.
1 day ago
Shop small to support local businesses...
Tamara Vaifanua

How shopping small this holiday season makes a big impact at local stores

There’s a big push this holiday season to shop small, as in small business. The locally owned, Tutoring Toy, right off Foothill Boulevard in Salt Lake City, has a lot to offer.
1 day ago
FILE: Attorney General of Utah Sean Reyes arrives onstage to pre-record his address to the Republic...
Bridger Beal-Cvetko

Qatar paid for Utah AG Sean Reyes’ trip to see U.S. World Cup match

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes spent the Thanksgiving weekend in Qatar, after the Middle Eastern country's government paid for his airfare, lodging and tickets to see the United States and England
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Group Helps Terminally Ill Utah Man Fulfill Final Wishes