Marcus was injured in a skiing accident when he was in his early 20's. He has been completely paralyzed from the neck down since this accident. Marcus with the help of his wife, Anne, learned to paint beautiful paintings by holding the paint brush in his mouth. His paintings are incredible and he is fascinating to watch. Marcus is a super, super nice man and inspires others through his work. I have a handicap 12 year old son, Krae, and we met Marcus about 3 years ago at the Biltmore Hotel in Asheville. We were attending a concert and our handicap seating was next to his and Annes. We talked through the entire concert and I was amazed to hear about his work and he's positive outlook on life despite his not being able to move any part of his body from is neck down. We made fast friends and I attended his art show in Blowing Rock's Arts in the Park the following weekend. I, along with hundreds of other people, watched him paint out in the heat for hours. I purchased one of his paintings and it's hanging in my office at home. I think of Marcus every time I look at it and in all of my life, he is the most remarkable and talented human I've ever met. Marcus also gives back in other ways. My husband and I started a foundation to raise money to fund programs in the North Carolina for children with special needs and disabilities. Marcus helps us raise money by donating his artwork that we auction off. He deserves more than anyone I know to be recognized as a hero!
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