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Mark Malinowski
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Mark Malinowski is a consumer brand marketing communications strategist for PAN Communications in Boston, MA.

Mark graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA, with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication.

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The Worst Year of My Life

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 10:32 AM

As 2015 begins, I cannot help but think of all that has happened in my in life in 2014. I lost my beloved husband Randy to ALS in March. He fought the disease for nine years, but the months leading up to his death were the cruelest times I can...

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An Artist With a Big, Blue Heart Fights ALS

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 9:58 PM

Finding success at an early age, Tobie Giddio began illustrating advertisements for Bergdorf Goodman soon after graduating from college. The ads were somewhat iconic and ran through the end of the '80s. During that time, the excitement of Tobie's burgeoning career was tempered with the fact that many of her...

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Moving Through Grief

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Grief is a really strange thing. I have been living smack, dab in the middle of it since March and I continue to learn new things about it and myself every day. There's always a new emotion tied to a memory that can throw you for a loop at any...

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What the Pink Ribbon Can Learn From the Ice Bucket

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 5:26 PM

I want to start off by saying that this is a very personal subject for me. I lost my partner Randy to ALS earlier this year. He bravely fought the disease for nine years, he was 42 years old. Also, this summer my dear high school friend Stephanie died after...

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The Story Behind Artists Lend Support (ALS)

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:02 PM

When Brian Fender was diagnosed with ALS nearly four years ago, he and his partner Ron tried to hold onto their lives in New York City. But after a year into life with ALS, they took a trip home to Arkansas for a visit and never went back to their...

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Beyond the Bucket: Giving ALS Patients a Voice of Their Own

(4) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 3:12 PM

Late last year my partner Randy began to drastically decline after years of fighting ALS. He was no longer mobile, he was down to 92 pounds (from a high of 165) and he was losing his ability to speak.

Before the effects of ALS took hold, Randy had a powerful...

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For All Those Complaining About the ALS #icebucketchallenge: 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't

(31) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 8:00 PM

1). My partner Randy Pipkin died at 42 of ALS, after fighting nine years to survive this horrible disease. He was 5`11" and 92lbs when he died. For the last two years, he was completely trapped in his body.

2). ALS is referred to as an "orphan disease,"...

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What Happens When the Love of Your Life Dies?

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 4:49 PM

After a nine-year battle, my husband Randy Pipkin died of ALS in late March. Aside from the horrors of ALS, we had a great life together. We lived in the moment and truly were partners in life. Before Randy got sick, we traveled the world, lived in New York City...

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The Last Blog Post

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 6:47 PM

After a nine-year battle against ALS, Randy Pipkin passed away on March 27, 2014 at 5:15 pm ET. His last blog post went up approximately an hour before he passed. He left this world quickly and peacefully, but not before he left his mark. Randy was a fighter and what...

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