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Tom McGriel posted:

Marty, As a stage 4 survivor, I can speak to the therapeutic and curative properties of "workin' on the railroad". St. Thomas Aquinas said "work is prayer" so I encourage you to invest both emotional and physical energy in your magnificent pike. During my recuperation it worked wonders. Having met you and Dotty at the Big E, several years ago, I know you have both the motivation and support to overcome this challenge. And besides, anybody who can build working catenary can do anything! Good luck to you both.

That is a truly great message, IMHO. I can’t say anything that would equal it. I only met you once Marty but I wish you and your family the best.

Prayers up to you Marty, from Nebraska for strength and healing.

Prayers up for you Dotty, for strength as well. 

I have never met either of you personally, but I feel comfortable in thinking based on the content in this thread that both of you are tough as nails, resilient, and a perseverant team.  I pray that you will be blessed with more time for one another, and I wish you all the very best as the summer progresses.


Marty - you are one of the best persons in the history of our hobby and have helped so many of us throughout the years. Thanks for that. More importantly, thanks for your friendship and know that all of your colleagues on the Forum and throughout our hobby are all pulling hard for you. On behalf of myself and my colleagues Rich, Stan and Geoff from East Coast Enterprises, our thoughts and prayers are with you for a total and complete recovery. Continue to be strong and we know you can beat this thing. God willing, we look forward to seeing you in October at the York Meet. 


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dottyperry posted:

Thank you all! (BTW: I'm fielding all questions and providing what answers I can. He hasn't felt like talking or texting on the phone, or getting online.)


Dotty. Thank you for taking the time to update us.   My prayers for you and Marty for a healthy outcome.

Also, being online or talking/texting should not even be a concern for Marty.  I'm sure he knows we all care.

Marty: let's beat this thing!!!


As someone else who is being and has been treated, second go round, I highly reccommend this site:

If you find that you have questions or concerns that are not being addressed or answered you can get help here. When I was first diagnosed I made the mistake of contacting Dr. Google. Needless to say 99+% is garbage. Smartpatients participants is populated by  patients, caregivers, and medical personnel. Up to date information is generally readily available about clinical trials, etc. But equally if not more important is the support that is available, plus the support you find here is a tremendous asset.

May God bless.

P.S._If you ever feel that you may be in need of a second opinion you can get reccommendations for a specialist, not necessarily a general oncologist.

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marty I havent been on the forum much lately and just saw this. my prayers and best wishes go out to you and dotty. you were always there for me with tech help when I needed it. so its only right that I will be there for you as a prayer warrior in this moment. may gods will for your life be done. may he give you a full and healthy recovery from this. 

Dearest Marty and Dottie,

Our Church members are praying for you and we imagine you are on many a prayer list across this nation and the world. My friend an I have been to your house many times. He has since passed.  I just hope and pray that Marty gets better so that some day we can meet again and put the past behind us. We all make mistakes and have to pay for it with the loss and closeness that we once shared. I have to say that when I had you and Dottie as dear friends, it meant the world to me. I hope and pray that we can make amends before it is too late. Again Marty, you are in our prayers. 



Hello, Marty & Dottie. I am sending morning and evening prayers to the Almighty that he will heal you and you will recover from your Cancer. You are a Great Man, and Dottie is a Great Lady to have at your side.

May God Bless you and Dottie, and from myself, and the rest of the Forum, I wish you a Speedy Recovery and I hope to see you again, whether it is October 2019 York, or in the future.

Michael 'Santa Fe Mike' Sudlow


We always happen to cross paths randomly in York in the Orange Hall. It's always great to see you and Dotty smiling  and covorting (is that the right word?) with everyone. It makes York, York. You have a lot more signatures to collect for that wall of yours so get well and God bless you and Dotty.  Your in my thoughts and prayers and I hope to see you in October. BigRail

Marty and Dotty,   I haven't been here on the forum much since I finally returned to work in April.   My thoughts and prayers are with you both.  Dotty,  I drive by the East St. Exit on Rt. 128 everyday on my to Watertown from Middleboro.   If there is anything I can do to help you guys out, please reach out and let me know.  Can be as mundane as stopping at a local store to pick something up to save you a trip.   Chris A.  

We are deeply touched and amazed at the outpouring of prayers, good wishes and offers to help from our fellow forum members. I read every post to Marty, and we both appreciate you all...more than we can say. Treatment is ongoing, of course, and there's little change at this stage, other than he's lost some weight and is still tired all the time. His next chemo treatment is July 5, and radiation is still 5 days a week. I will continue to follow this thread and keep you all in the loop.  Thank you all.

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