Mark Salkowski was a loving and dedicated father, husband, brother, and friend. In April of 2015, Mark was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. After months of fighting this deadly disease, he passed away in December 2015.
Mark spent six total years (two stints) with NDW. During his time, he managed the Requirements, Business Intelligence, and Training Teams. In addition, Mark was an integral part of the successful 2013 Proposal Team, when the program received a three-year extension to operate the NDW. He always made time to answer any question or meet a deadline, even after putting in a long day and staring at a long commute home to Pennsylvania. His dedication to NDW was regularly evident, as was his infectious smile. Mark was not only a hard worker, but he was also one of the more entertaining and charismatic members of the NDW Team.
Along with his dedication to NDW, Mark loved his family. Mark was one of ten kids, and as with the NDW Team, his siblings looked to him for leadership. Despite his lengthy work hours (a tribute to his father), he always made time to work out with his son, Kent, in their home gym during the early morning hours before his 90-minute commute to the office. Mark, along with his wife, Leigh, traveled the east coast on weekends to watch their daughter, Nicole, compete as a cheerleader during her high school years. Mark and Leigh’s commitment to health and fitness obviously rubbed off on their kids.
When you listened to Mark talk about an average week, you’d think the guy was gifted 30-hour days. Somehow, he fit everything into 24 hours.
Mark never backed down from a challenge, in fact, he welcomed the opportunity. One of his favorite sayings when confronted with an issue: “I don’t consider this an issue, I consider it a challenge!” This attitude led Mark to be a major contributor to the success of NDW. To this day, Mark’s name is routinely mentioned around the office and he will continue to be missed by the entire team.
To celebrate Mark’s life, as well as help the fight against Glioblastoma, the Mark Salkowski Memorial 5K and 1K Fun Run will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Join us in honoring Mark by taking part in one of his favorite activities. All proceeds from this event will be donated in Mark’s name to The Musella Foundation (for Brain Tumor Research & Information).
100% of donations and race registration fees go directly to brain tumor research through the Musella Foundation! All expenses are paid for by local and national sponsors.
The Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research and Information, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity dedicated to speeding up the search for the cure of brain tumors and to help families deal with a brain tumor diagnosis. They create and distribute educational materials, provide help matching patients to clinical trials, give emotional and financial support to brain to brain tumor patients, awareness and advocacy for brain tumor issues and gives grants for brain tumor research. They maintain the "Clinical Trials and Noteworthy Treatments For Brain Tumors" website at http://www.virtualtrials.com
, as well as the "Brain Tumor Copayment Assistance Program" website at http://www.braintumorcopays.org/
, the "National Walk To End Brain Tumors" website at http://www.walktoendbraintumors.org/
(which this walk is a part of) and they are co-founders of the "Grey Ribbon Crusade" website, at http://www.greyribboncrusade.org/
Noteworthy Musella Foundation accomplishments include the following:
• Accelerated the approval for Temodar
• Helped persuaded Medicare to pay for Temodar and Gliadel
• Assisted in obtaining approval for Avastin for brain tumors
In 2014 alone, the foundation funded 13 exciting projects, including new treatments that appear to be extremely promising. You can read more about these project as well as prior projects at:
In addition, the Foundation’s copayment assistance program has been successful by awarding over $2 million to 400+ brain tumor patients. Patients describe this help as a life saver.
The foundation released a free comprehensive eBook "Brain Tumor Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
", which is also available as a printed copy that is distributed in the waiting room at many major brain tumor centers (as well as Amazon). It is a MUST read for anyone battling brain tumors, as well as family and friends.