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DeQuincy rises to occasion once again

The big-hearted folks of DeQuincy have done it again! Over $10,500 was raised Saturday, Sept. 16 for "Moving Mountains for Marik".

Marik, a native of DeQuincy, is fighting cancer (osteosarcoma) for the third time in his young life. The family moved to Connecticut in 2012, just about the time his first cancer was diagnosed.

VanWinkle recently made his own "Bucket List" of things he hopes to do in his lifetime. They include seeing redwood trees in California, visiting an island, visiting and petting "Big Cats", meeting Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, attending a WWE Smackdown, going to a video game pro competition, riding 4-wheelers on Big Sand, and eating boiled crawfish in Louisiana.

Marik and his mom, Kelli Tucker, made plans to visit family in DeQuincy this September. Area friends and family quickly threw together a fundraiser to help him achieve some of his Bucket List and also to help the family cope with the mountain of medical bills.

The event was hosted at the DeQuincy VFW this past Saturday. The evening's events included a bake sale, an auction, Split the Pot, a jambalaya dinner, motorcycle rides, and live entertainment.

Three items on his list are lining up: The Rock will be meeting Marik after he's done filming in Vancouver; the WWE Smackdown will be in New England this December; and he’s had his crawfish boil in Louisiana.

His parents are George Tucker and Kelli Tucker. Grandparents are Sondra and Roger Tyler of DeQuincy and Randy Buller of Sulphur. Great-grandparents are Bill and Anna Rose Guillory of DeQuincy.

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