When Mark Sander stopped chemotherapy in early August after a year long battle with liver cancer, his doctors gave him 3-4 months to live, but Mark continues to embrace life whole-heartedly. Mark started Sander Crop Services, a trucking company, while still a senior at Cairo High School in 1978, and wakes many mornings at 5:00 am to begin work. Along with his family, Mark takes weekend trips to New York Yankee games, plays basketball every Wednesday, and welcomes neighbors to backyard barbeques most Sundays. "I'm really just a big kid," Mark says as he eats a spoonful of his wife Dana's peanut butter cookie dough. Mark will turn 46 on November 15.
Known as Colonel over the trucking radio waves, Mark warms up his truck in slippers before climbing in to start the day hours before sunrise. "Staying at home makes you feel worse," says Mark.