I have not seen too many posts from Marty, I wondering if he is ok. Just hoping he is taking some time off from the forum. 

Dave

PUBLISHER'S UPDATE:  As you all know, Marty is one of the if not THE most well known member of this forum and has always been an Ambassador for our hobby.  Many of you hold Marty and Dotty very close to your heart and have asked about his condition.  Dotty has given us an update today (6-20-19) and so I have decided it appropriate to feature this thread so that more of you can find it more easily.  Thanks Dave for starting it...and we all pray for a speedy and positive outcome for Marty. 

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I totally get Dave's concern. The for sale post is the first time in a while I've seen anything from Marty. I know he has had health issues in the past, but don't know him well enough to have any actual info. Just what I can observe from the forum.

I don't know Marty well enough to speak here for him without some contacting.

I do know he deserves prayers, especially for all the help he provides us. I hope all is well.

Hello Guys.   It is my health.   A few years ago I had prostate cancer and needed to get my prostate removed.   That was followed up with radiation  and hormone therapy.   Two years ago it was discovered that I now have bladder cancer.    Three different operations were done to remove the cancer.   I just had one recently and the effects of being put out as many times as I have had are causing me all sorts of grief.   To top that, I had a blood clot removed from my leg only two days after the bladder operation.   I am trying to get better from all of this and doing my best.  I will not be at York this April.   This will be the first time I have missed from 1980.   I am a fighter and will hopefully go to York in the fall.    Thank you all for your concerns.  It is appreciated very much.   Being a person who never smoked a day in my life I will fight this.

Thank you for your concern David.

Well Marty....I've met you from time to time at York(s) and the NJ HiRailers open house(s).............I can say we are A L L pulling for you!

We'll see you at October York.............

Marty, I'll be keeping you in my Prayers and put you on our congregation's Prayer list.  We are all behind you.  Let me know if you need anything.

You will be missed at York! All my best for your full recovery. Hope to see you in October.

Gilly

I like your attitude Marty, hang in there!

The wife of a TCA buddy of mine has had so many cancer surgeries over the last 20+ years, they've turned the poor woman into a "Swiss cheese", but she's still walking around. Living proof it can be done with modern medicine and a strong will.

Hopefully this latest round will will have gotten it all and you can concentrate on just getting better.

I had to spend a couple nights in the hospital back in December, and was climbing the walls, and my problem wasn't even that serious. The word is, for every night you spend in the hospital, it takes a week at home to recover. Sounds about right too, took me about two weeks to start feeling right again.

Mark your release date on the calendar, and try to stay out of there.

Prayers for you Marty. As I type this my youngest daughter is sitting next to me. She was born four months premature. The Docs said she had less than a 10% chance to survive. She graduated collage this past fall, so don't believe everything the Docs say...someone else is at the controls.

Marty Fitzhenry posted:

 I will not be at York this April.   This will be the first time I have missed from 1980.  

York will NOT be the same without you there, my friend, and I say that in all honesty and sincerity. That said, the next thing I want to hear from or about you is that you are on the mend and doing well! I do expect to see you browsing the Orange Hall in October!

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Marty thanks for responding, your friends in Tennessee will place you and your family and friends on our Prayer List for Healing mercies. May God Bless You and Be with You. Your a great Ambassador of this hobby. Your wealth of help to this hobby is immeasurable....Stay Strong....Your Friends in the Hobby love you. Great post, stay in touch. Get well.

Sorry to hear everything your going through Marty. York just will not be the same.

See ya in October. Give it hell.

Dave

I don't really need to tell anyone here this, but Marty Fitzhenry is one of the BEST!  I'm not necessarily a praying man, but I will say one for your speedy recovery every day  from now until I see you again this fall at York.  If I were to try to define friendship, the first thing I do is hold up an example.   One of the first people I use as an example is you, Marty.  You are an asset to the hobby.  You help everybody. 

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Marty, my prayers are with you, take care and get well!  We'll certainly miss you at York, but we'll look forward to future meets.

From all the left coasters in La la Land, our hearts and prayers are with you Marty. Get well soon!

You are one of the true treasures of the hobby.

 

Jeff

Prayers and best wishes.  I have two close friends who went through the same issues at stage 4 and are now clear and healthy over 5 years later. Both utilized prayer, excellent health care,  anti cancer diets, and plenty of hope for years more of running trains!

Prayers for you MARTY.  Remember to pace yourself, a little at a time goes along way.  Hope to see your layout one of these times as I go to Maine for vacation.  Positive thoughts all the way!!!

Marty , York and railroading in general would not be the same without you, KEEP FIGHTING!

 

Prayers for you uplifted!

My bother is currently fighting 2 forms of cancer, one throat (he never smoked) and prostate.  The docs and the Lord are doing great things for him!  May they do as much for you!

 

 

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Marty, as a fellow electric operator we need you so get better soon. There is a steeple cab kit waiting for you soon as your ready for it. Of course it's on me. DonDSC_5894 2 

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Hi Marty,  I just found out about you. I feel so bad. I am sure you will pull thru this. You will be in my prayers. I will miss seeing you & Dotty at York. I will give you a call when I get back on the 14th.

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Marty.  You’ve been extremely kind and helpful to me in the relatively short time I’ve known you.  You’ll win this fight!

CNJ #1601 posted:

Wishing you a speedy recovery, Marty.  You’ve been extremely kind and helpful to me in the relatively short time I’ve known you.  You’ll win this fight!

Ditto that, Joe. I've only known Marty for a couple of years and he has been a huge help to me. 

Keep up the fight, Marty--you can do it. 

John

Hi Marty, you don't know me and we have never met, but you are a big inspiration to me and many others here on the forum. I would like to share a little story with you if you don't mind.

In 2014 I was diagnosed with stage 4 head and neck cancer, needless to say it was devastating to me, my wife and both of our family's. After many doctors one big neck dissection, months of Chemo and 7 1/2 weeks of radiation. My ENT that did the neck dissection told my wife and I to get my duck in a row, that I may only have 1 year to do what I want.

At that point my wife and I shared the news with both our family's, friends, members of this forum and with the help of all combined and all there prayers to the all might  here I sit 3 years in remission cancer free! I know the power of prayer first hand. My wife and I will be praying for you, your wife and your family!

May God bless you and give you a speedy recovery!

Hey Marty, I'm really sorry to read that you are having all these problems.

I don't have to tell you how the many members on these pages have become personal friends to most of us.

It goes without saying friend that my prayers are with you.

God Bless! 

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Hi Marty

As you face this challenge it is very good to know you have so many friends cheering for you. And, of course, I'm one of them.

Lew Schneider

 

 

 

 

Marty,

I don't know you personally, but have always appreciated all I've learned from you on here. I've also enjoyed your layout photos.

Just keep thinking how much you will enjoy York this fall when you are feeling better!

Hope you are feeling better soon!

Fred

Hi Marty,

I wanted to add my little bit of positive energy to the collective brother/sisterhood here on the forum and wish you the best throughout this latest challenge. We're with you, pal...

Jim

Marty:

You are one of the very best people in the industry and a dear friend to so many in our hobby. So sad to hear of your struggles and the fact that you will miss your first York Meet in 40 years. However, your return to good health is far more important than that streak. All the best to you for a speedy and complete recovery! I am sure that every member of the Forum and all of your other colleagues in our hobby are pulling for you!

Pat

 

Get well soon Marty, the nice guy that always shared the hobby with others. His willingness to open his home to visitors was always amazing. The model train hobby would not be the same without you.   Prayers from the LaGrua family; Dennis, Paula, Douglas, Erin and Daniel

I don’t know you personally Marty, only from this forum, but I send prayers to you for a speedy recovery from Wisconsin.

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Hello Guys.   It is my health.   A few years ago I had prostate cancer and needed to get my prostate removed.   That was followed up with radiation  and hormone therapy.   Two years ago it was discovered that I now have bladder cancer.    Three different operations were done to remove the cancer.   I just had one recently and the effects of being put out as many times as I have had are causing me all sorts of grief.   To top that, I had a blood clot removed from my leg only two days after the bladder operation.   I am trying to get better from all of this and doing my best.  I will not be at York this April.   This will be the first time I have missed from 1980.   I am a fighter and will hopefully go to York in the fall.    Thank you all for your concerns.  It is appreciated very much.   Being a person who never smoked a day in my life I will fight this.

Thank you for your concern David.

I hope you get well marty.As the once pround seaboard coast line used to state."PULLING FOR YOU!!"

Marty, though I only officially joined the forum two years ago I have been lurking and reading the forum since about 2000.  I cannot count the times you answered questions even before I knew I had the question. Thank you for the invaluable assistance you have given over the years especially for those who have never met you. My prayers are with you, get well soon.   John Acton

Marty,

Having experienced at least the first half of your ordeal, I know its no picnic, and the second half has got to be worse.  However, prayers ascend for your full recovery, functionality and enduring good health!  You have been a great help to me, in the past, and we can't afford to lose a great resource like you.  Hang in there and give 'em hell!

Marty, I am sorry to hear of your health problems. I hope you get better very soon. I will send up some prayers for you. May God bless you and your family. 

Marty,

I'm hoping that you won't mind another unsolicited comments from a person you have never met, but I, too, have enjoyed your comments, events and photos that appeared on the forum.

I'm hoping that your strength returns and each day you become stronger and healthier. 

I look forward to hearing that you are returning to all your normal pursuits and these present health issues were momentary distractions which are properly behind you in the past.

I wish you a fast and speedy recovery.  Get well soon.

Manny

 

Marty Fitzhenry posted:

Hello Guys.   It is my health.   A few years ago I had prostate cancer and needed to get my prostate removed.   That was followed up with radiation  and hormone therapy.   Two years ago it was discovered that I now have bladder cancer.    Three different operations were done to remove the cancer.   I just had one recently and the effects of being put out as many times as I have had are causing me all sorts of grief.   To top that, I had a blood clot removed from my leg only two days after the bladder operation.   I am trying to get better from all of this and doing my best.  I will not be at York this April.   This will be the first time I have missed from 1980.   I am a fighter and will hopefully go to York in the fall.    Thank you all for your concerns.  It is appreciated very much.   Being a person who never smoked a day in my life I will fight this.

Thank you for your concern David.

Get well soon Marty - you got this! 

Marty has been through a lot over the past few years, But he's as TOUGH as they come ! and HE'S  KICKING CANCER'S BUTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .  God Bless you Marty !!!!

Alex

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Marty

get well and speedy recovery,prayers are with you.went through the same prostate surgey  4 years ago.stay positive and you will win the fight,God bless.

rich

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I had to make up a new way to swear for that Marty 😧

It seems you derserve 5 unique letters at the least and "Super"-man is already copywrited 

Looking forward to your swooping in and saving some more GG-1 posts   

Marty, I'm really sorry to hear that, you've had a rough road to hoe, hang in there and keep on fighting.  We would sure hope to lose you, I'm sure everyone is in agreement, our prayers and hopes and best wishes go out to you.

Hang in there Marty.  Be well and stay strong.  While you're laid up, switch on the NFL Network from time to time.  Lots of Patriots Super Bowl re-runs!  

Marty  we have never met but I read your posts. 

I wish you a speedy and good recovery.

-Alan

Prayers for a complete recovery Marty. Harry Henning, who many of you may know also recently battled stomach cancer. His doctors told him he is cancer free. This horrible disease affects just about every family, and each of us know someone who has battled cancer.

Best of recovery to you Marty. Also, I want to say I enjoy your posts, experience, and knowlege.

Fitzhenry - Best of luck to you.  Almost got me, but I am lucky.  Beat cancer three different times.  You can too.  Nothin to it.  Just keep going and it all comes around.  Cheers,       W1

Marty. Sorry to hear of the new battle. I have met and talked to you several times at York but I have missed the last three and will miss April also. I hope to make the October York. What you said about the number of times being put under has a long lasting effect as you stated. I had 4 1/2 hours under and it took me over two years to partially recover. I am doing better now and hope you will also. I have missed seeing several of my train buddies as you will but hang in there and make it back for October. Thinking of you and wishing you the best. Get well soon!  Bob

Marty,I have read many of your informative posts through the years and finally met you at Fall York in 2013 and you had time to talk to me.I wish you a speedy recovery,my wife has fought the cancer battle three times and won,our prayers are with you.

Mikey

Marty, add me to the list of people who care and are pulling for your speedy recovery to health. I too have been treated royally as a guest at your house. A treat one does not forget.

All the best,

Paul

Marty,

I am certainly praying for your strength, a cure, and a speedy recovery!  I really appreciate your presence here on the Forum, and I am glad I met you at York a couple years ago.

It's obvious you are way too tough to let this thing take you down.  Maybe slow you down but for only for a bit.  Thanks for sharing great advice and suggestions.  Get well soon tough guy. 

Marty you have been instrumental in keeping me current in OGR.  My Prayers and thoughts are with you as you fight this battle.  Attitude is a key player in this battle and I know you are ready for the fight. Reach out if there is anything we can do to help.

Marty,

I'm sorry to hear you will miss York.  The collective thoughts of everyone here on the forum are with you.  We're all pulling for you and praying for a full recovery.  Stay strong my friend.

-Greg

Get well my friend. Like Jim, I'm not a big prayer man, but you know how Sue and I feel about you and we're so much pulling for you.

Gerry

Marty will beat this. He is as strong as they come and has some of the best medical care in the country. We are a phone call away Marty if you need something. 

You are a rare individual as illustrated by your contributions to our hobby. I send my best wishes for success in your determination to overcome your illness.

Dewey Trogdon posted:

You are a rare individual as illustrated by your contributions to our hobby. I send my best wishes for success in your determination to overcome your illness.

I completely agree. May your fighting spirit prevail.

Marty,

One of the worst side effects of surgery is the anesthesia "hangover" !

The combination of how deep under..how long under..how many times under..and your age make it harder to come back each time. It can take weeks..even months sometimes but as all have said you are one tough SOB and you will beat this with time..

Good thoughts and all the best wishes...

RD

Marty, my brother-in-law is going through the same exact situation as you. Like you, he has a great attitude is determined to beat this disease. 

As we both know it is harder to come back from each surgery. I'm still recovering from my Lumbar Fusion Surgery that I had last July. We just have to take it easy and let our bodies heal.

I'll miss you at York this April but am looking forward to seeing you again at York in October.

Be well my friend and know that everyone is pulling for you to have a rapid and full recovery!

Steve Tapper

 

 Marty, keep fighting, take the best care of yourself. I’m waiting to go in for a heart procedure myself.  Hopefully we can meet at the October York.

PRR Mark

Best wishes and lots of prayer for you Marty, we've never met, but you've helped me with a problem at 11:30 PM and the info you provided me fixed my problem.  Thanks, I've seen you at York, and was trying to get your attention, I turned around and you were gone.  I saw you last at the NJHR open house this year but you were deep into the corner at a dining table so I passed up the opportunity but nonetheless, I don't have to see you or meet you to talk to God about you, and we will meet at York or NJHR soon.  Get Well Very Soon - MARSHELANGELO

Marty, prayers and best wishes for a full, strong and complete recovery my friend from Lynley and I. 

Lynley has told Dotty that you’re both more than welcome to come visit us in sunny San Diego to recover, recharge and relax!

RD,

You are so correct.   I had the anesthesia for the bladder on Monday and emergency called for it on Wednesday of the same week for the blood clot.  Two hits of it for the blood clot.   This has left me in not so good a place.   I appreciate all the great folks that have posted on this.

 

Thank you,

Marty

 

 

Marty; I see folks say you are a tough SOB. With all the folks praying and thinking of you God will help you stay tough and beat this .  I will add you to my prayer list as well.     WISHING YOU A SPEEDY RECOVERY  !!

Franky-Ogee

Hang in there Marty and hope to see you at York in October.Best wishes for a good recovery.

Never met you Marty and certainly hope to do so one day.   I've certainly enjoyed your many helpful posts since I joined this forum!  I'm wishing you a speedy recovery back to wellness and good health!

Marty Fitzhenry posted:

RD,

You are so correct.   I had the anesthesia for the bladder on Monday and emergency called for it on Wednesday of the same week for the blood clot.  Two hits of it for the blood clot.   This has left me in not so good a place.   I appreciate all the great folks that have posted on this.

 

Thank you,

Marty

 

 

It just takes time brother... I've been there & I know first hand. After my last back surgery it was a week before I could type my bank password!!!!  

One foot in front of the other and you'll be back solving problems for the board before you know it ..

good thoughts & 🙏🏻

 

Marty and I are both preparing for the next football season and then we battle then. But for now my friend, recuperate back to 100%. I will be awaiting those harassing texts when the Jets lose as usual to your Patriots! Lol!

While I was too ill to attend last October's York(1st time in 26 years), my buddy, Marty, is missing his 1st York in way more years than mine being in the same condition I was then. It hurt missing York for the social aspect but I was too weak and ill to even think about walking those halls. First it was skin cancer on the nose in July, then it was shingles coupled with the worst headaches I ever had and was believed to be a brain aneurysm in October and was cleared of that in December showing it was a brain blood vessel mimicing an aneurysm. Not a good 2018 for me.

Get better buddy, the season is coming up!  I'm getting my new Jets helmet on.

 

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Marty,

You are in our prayers and in the prayer chain at my church. Get better soon. You are the best. I know that Dotty will take great care of you and will always be there for you.  I hope you get well soon. We just lost one and we cannot afford to loose you too.  God Bless and take it easy. 

ICRRE8

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Just read this prayer and want to pass it on to you:

May God heal you, body and soul. May your pain cease, may your strength increase, may your fears be released, May blessings, love, and joy surround you and yours! 

Stay strong!

Dorcie & Roger Farkash and all the TW TrainWorx Traingineers

Marty....you know you can depend on many folks here on the forum if you need anything....  You are a great friend and we remember you each day in our prayers and good thoughts.  Jim, Allan, Ed, and I are looking forward to your recovery and thank you for being a great asset to the hobby and this forum in particular....

Alan

Marty, sorry to hear about your health challenges. Keep up your positive attitude and focus on resting up. It is amazing how much surgery and anesthesia can take out of you - I have experienced that on several occasions over the past few years.

Hope to see you at October York.

Eileen and I are praying for your recovery.

Best to you and Dotty.

 

Marty,

Hope you get well and are back on your feet soon. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Chris

Marty,

I've been thinking of you and praying for your full recovery.  You've been a great help to me in the past and I look forward to leaning on you more as the years roll by.  It has been speculated that being around electro-magnetic fields is beneficial, you see people wearing those magnetite bracelets to achieve the same benefits.  You just need to sit in the middle of your layout and run lots trains, phooey on the other stuff!

May The Great Physician guide the hearts, minds and hands of those who minister to you and may His immeasurable healing powers restore you.  Your knowledge, insight and humor are missed.

Buck up, the best is yet to come!

Sam

Marty.

West Aussies are tough YOUR tougher.

Get well mate, hope to see you hopping around soon. Roo.

 

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You have no shortage of devoted friends here, Marty, and you know all are pulling for you. You're a tough guy and a fighter, so I have all the confidence in the world that you'll get through this thing and be walking the aisles of York with us in October.

I spoke with him a few days ago, he's as tough as they come. He's very positive and i know he'll beat this and be with us at York . 

Alex

I sure am praying for Marty to be back in the pink, he's one of a kind!  I really do look forward to seeing him and Dotty at York.

Hey Marty.....I'm reposting my wishes and prayers that you get well, and stay that way. May you and Dotty be cruising the halls come this October York!

Marty, 

Never had the chance to speak to you, I worry about being out of place in making any comment.  However, through the list serve I have read some of your thoughts and know of your passion for life, family, friends and people you don't yet know.  I always learn from this forum, not only the answers to questions posed, but see the really kind and interested people who have patience enough to answer those questions. 

I have this impression that you have lived your life as someone who brings joy to his family, friends and this hobby. 

Therefore, please accept my best wishes and hopes that you recover soon so that  your family, your friends and those who have not yet met you have you back in full form.  I look forward to having the pleasure of reading of your recovery and your always entertaining comments, answers and observations. 

Get well soon, 

Manny Levin

 

Marty; you have been and still are in my  prayers.  I said it before, they say you are a tough SOB.  God will keep you tough and you will beat this and be well.

I'll keep you in my prayers so you get well soon!

 

 Franky-Ogee

Hi Marty,

Even though I have not had the pleasure of meeting you in person, I have enjoyed and learned from  every one of your posts. The power of Prayer is awesome! I know as I speak from experience. Hoping for a speedy recovery. You, and your family and friends are in my thoughts and Prayers.

Best,

Joe Gozzo

Marty,

You are one of the really good people in this hobby and you have been a good friend to me over the years and I thank you for that.  I am blessed to know you.

Hey, I want to see you at York this October! I hope the Good Lord lets it happen. I figure a few prayers for you on a regular basis can't hurt, so I am doing that. As Alan Arnold said earlier, anything you need, please let us know, we want to help.

Hope to see you in October.

Ed Boyle Partner, Associate Editor

O Gauge Railroading magazine

Marty and I thank you all for your kind words and prayers. God willing, he'll be doing better and we will be able to attend York in the fall.

 

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That's great to hear Dotty, I really look forward to seeing you folks there.   I think we universally hope that Marty is back to 100% soon.

gunrunnerjohn posted:

That's great to hear Dotty, I really look forward to seeing you folks there.   I think we universally hope that Marty is back to 100% soon.

AMEN to that!!

-Greg

Glad to hear Marty is doing better. Been worried about him for a while now, I have been praying too. 

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Just a quick post. Marty is not doing better or OK right now. It's too early in his treatment to know if the radiation will shrink the tumor in his leg (that is causing the blood clots) or the chemotherapy will slow down the growth of the cancer. It has spread to his lungs so is now considered stage 4  sarcoma. We really won't know until later this summer, after the first round of treatments. He's determined to fight this and it makes it easier knowing all our fellow Forum members are behind us. 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.)

 

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Marty, sending prayers through our overhead wires to yours. Thank God you have Dotty and hundreds of wonderful people on this forum thinking and praying for you. Can't wait to see you running trains again. Thinking of you always. Don & Vicky

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Hi Dotty and Marty, Thank You for your kind update concerning Marty’s present condition, your friends in Tennessee/Kentucky/Indiana will be praying for Marty to get better as quick as possible. Prayers are powerful and so is Marty. I watch Marty on the DVD ‘s often, his layout is a Crowd Pleaser, and the Crowds praying for Marty to.  Best Regards, Thank You for being there for Marty.   Your friend, Leapin Larry Levin

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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.

 

Marty, we have never met and probably wont as I am on the west side of the states. I wanted to say that my family and I are praying for you and hoping for a good recovery. I like Tom is a stage 4 survivor. I belive in prayer and the thought of others played a big part in my recovery, so I want to make sure I pass it on for your recovery! God Bless you Marty!

Dotty....bless you for being a true Guardian Angel. Marty, I love you Brother. Remember Lone Survivor... we're never out of the fight!! You will survive and overcome!! God is watching. You are an honored man among men. Jim 

I never know the right things to say. There have been some great posts here and I truly hope they help Marty get better. He is a genuine person and I am grateful to have met both him and Dotty. I have been saying prayers for him for a good while now. I look forward to seeing him in a certain new mid engine model cruisin' down the highway again soon. I think they'll have it ready for you Marty! 

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Marty you hang tough , you’re a fighter. You’re in my prayers everyday day. May God bless you and watch over you. 

Dotty God Bless you. 

Alex 

Marty,

It's clear that you have an angel at your shoulder, not on it, and her name is Dotty!  Your fans are grateful not only for you and your innumerable contributions to both society and our 'umble Forum but also for your stalwart helpmate.  God bless both of you!