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10COMMUNIQUWINTER201510COMCOMMMUNMIQUWINTER2015GREGORYMARCOEGainingalegacyLEAVINGALEGACYIGIVETHANKSTOMSUCOMFORACCEPTINGMEANDGIVINGMEACHANCETOBEADOCTOR.ITHASMADEAHUGEDIFFERENCEINMYFAMILYSLIFE.ITHASGIVENMETHEABILITYTOHELPMYPARENTSANDFAMILYWHENTHEYNEEDEDITWHICHHASBEENAGREATRETURNONTHEIRINVESTMENTINMYEDUCATION.-GregoryMarcoebyPatGrauerItsatypicalstoryofpeoplewhogrewupandweremarriedveryyounginthe50sGregoryMarcoesaid.Theystartedtheirfamiliesbeforetheyhadanopportunityforaneducation.Butfromtheearliestmomentsofmylifetheyurgedmetolearntogotocollegetobecomeeducated.Theytookprideinmyandmybrotherssuccess.Theyinuencedmychildreninthesameway.Marcoea1987MSUCOMalumnuscertainlydidcontinuehiseducationandheremembershisparentswithgreatrespectandfondness.Hisfatherworkedthreejobstosupportthefamilyandhelppayforcollegeandhisbrotherandhewereintherstgenerationintheirfamilytoearndegrees.Butnotallofthememoriesareaswarm.HismotherdiedfromcancerhisfatheroflungcancerandpneumoniaandheremembersthedifcultiestogetthemcareespeciallyintheUpperPeninsula.MymotherhadbeenseeingadoctorinEscanabawhocouldntputangeronwhatwasgoingonhesaid.ShecametovisitmewithcoughingandshortnessofbreathandIshowedherCTscantoaradiologistfriendwhoconrmedthecancer.Shedidwellforfourandahalfyears.Mydadhadproblemstoowentforanultrasoundscreeningandwasdiagnosedwithananeurysmandlaterlungcancer.EscanabadidnthavethespecialtiesheneededandhehadtocometoMidlandMichiganforcare.Theyoftenhadtotravellongdistancesinthewinter.IgivethankstoMSUCOMforacceptingmeandgivingmeachancetobeadoctorhesaid.Ithasmadeahugedifferenceinmyfamilyslife.Ithasgivenmetheabilitytohelpmyparentsandfamilywhentheyneededitwhichhasbeenagreatreturnontheirinvestmentinmyeducation.ThesethreeelementsgratitudeforwhathisparentshadprovidedappreciationtoMSUCOMforwhatitmadepossibleinhislifeandrecognitionoftheneedforimprovedmedicalcareinnorthernMichiganandtheUpperPeninsulaledMarcoeandhisfamilyincludinghiswifeandfourchildrentocreateanendowedscholarshipinhonorofhisparentsJoanneM.andReneA.Marcoe.MomandDadleftussomemoneytomakeourliveseasierbutwedecidedasafamilytouseahugeportionofitforascholarshiphesaid.Ourkidswereashappyasweweretodoitbecausetheyrecognizetheimportanceoftheirgrandparentsandwhattheyaccomplished.ThescholarshipwillsupportstudentstoenhancethepossibilityofproducinggoodphysicianstoservenorthernMichiganandtheUpperPeninsula.WerejuststartingMarcoesaid.MywifeandIintendtomakethisourfavoritecharitywithacommitmenttogrowthisfundandmakeareallybigdifferenceformorethanonestudent.Wewillcontributetoiteveryyearasaplanneddonationandourkidsplanondonatingtoitalsoastheyeachcompletetheirmedicaleducations.Itsalltohonormyparentsandwhattheysacricedforustogetaheadinthisworld.Itstherightthingtodohesaid.JoanneM.andReneA.Marcoe