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9/23/2007-Tyler

East Texans Join Together To Help A Friend

In August, Mark Garton was on his way home to Whitehouse when he wrecked his Harley, sending him into a coma for several days and causing severe brain damage.  Everyday he improves, but his family and friends say he still has a long road ahead of him.

"We know God answers prayer, and God is watching over Mark," said Mark's mom Cathy Garton.  "Mark is being healed each and every day.  He was traveling on New Copeland Road. He went around the curve next to Central Baptist Church and all the sudden he just exited the road."  Police don't know how long Mark laid there, possibly two hours before his family got the call that Mark was in an ambulance.

"I just prayed and prayed not my only son," said Garton.  "He said I gave you mine you have to give me yours.  It was total surrender that night of my son to the Lord."  It was a night that changed all of Mark's family. 

"When they took him off life support they said he will not probably live," said Garton.  "We were prepared for letting go and he breathed heavily and lived."  Then doctors told Cathy her only son would have to spend the rest of his life in a nursing home, but Mark fought back.

"It's really a miracle how fast he has recovered," said Garton.  "Mark is beginning to talk and walk.  Little tiny steps.  We probably have 96,000 people praying for us."  Mark, a lifelong drummer, has also been surrounded by others who call him brother.

"He used to pick me up when I was 10 years old and take me to his practice with the 'Illusion'," said Mark's friend Kevin Gardner.  "He really inspired me to play the drums.  Definitely, I wouldn't be playing today if it weren't for Mark."  Now Kevin is doing everything he can to help a friend in need since Mark's insurance isn't covering all the medical bills.

"When I heard what had happened to Mark, I wanted to help in whatever way possible, and so I called several people that knew Mark and everybody pitched in," said Gardner.  "We are hoping to help out the family in any way we can."  Mark's friends and family say through faith, Mark will come through.

A benefit concert for Mark Garton will be held next Sunday at The City Park in Whitehouse.  Eleven bands will be there from noon to 11 p.m., ranging from country to hard rock.  Tickets are $5 and 100% of the proceeds will go to Mark's medical bills.

Band Schedule for Garton Benefit:

1.Piece 12:00-12:45

2.Something Blue 1:00-1:45

3.Miranda Day 2:00-2:45

4.Sunset Veil 3:00-3:45

5.The Imaginary Band 4:00-4:45

6.Fall of Man 5:00-5:45

7.Set Adrift 6:00-6:45

8.NuTatoo 7:00-7:45

9.Teazur 8:00-8:45

10.HingeBound 9:00-9:45

11.Magdalene 10:00-10:45

Danielle Capper, Reporting. dcapper@kltv.com

 

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