The Murph Challenge Day 14: Mark Largent

Day 14 of 31 Murph Challenge is dedicated to Mark Largent. Mark and his family were long time members of our health club. Mark is one of those guys who is so easy to get along with and we quickly grew close to him and his family. His wife, Tate (yes, same name as me), and two daughters Olivia and Peyton were staples in the club and always wanted to help greet members, color pictures for our trainers, and ask me 100’s of questions.

After a couple years as members, Mark got sick. The diagnosis: Stage 4 Colon Cancer. Despite the news Mark never lost hope, he always stayed positive on the outlook for him and his family. He would still take regular boxing classes with us after chemo rounds. He would still come in and ask how others were doing despite his fight being extremely tough on him. After a year of fighting and chemo, Mark passed away at 46 years old.

I was able to visit him in the hospital the week before he passed away and true to his character, he was asking how I was. In the couple hours I was able to spend with him, he asked about others and wanted to make sure his wife and daughters were doing okay. That was Mark, always thinking and caring for others right until his last moments.

Mark was an amazing husband, father, friend, and fighter. His spirit and attitude lives on as he inspired and touched so many of our lives. A true Champion!

I’m honored to dedicate today’s Murph Challenge to my friend and fighter Mark Largent. Thank you for continuing to smile down on us and remind us how to live more like you did….to the fullest with love and compassion. We miss you!

Day 14 of 31 Murph Time: 29:35

It’s examples of incredible fighters like Mark that this nonprofit exists. Connecting people fighting battles to a health and wellness community is so important for them and their family. Community lifts them up, gives them someone to lean on, and reminds them they are never fighting alone.

When I did the Murph Challenge for the first time I became hooked. Not because it was fun but because it was painful, challenging, and meaningful.

These 31 challenges are a dedication to a fighter, a warrior, a person battling that’s an everyday hero.

– Tate Wheeler

“The Murph Challenge is more than just a workout. It is a tradition that helps push us, humble us, and allows us the opportunity to dedicate a bit of pain and sweat to honor, LT. Michael P. Murphy, a man who sacrificed everything he had for our freedom.”

-Murph Website

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