Just a few weeks ago, Mark Araujo was at the annual STEP conference in Albany, New York, setting up his research poster while sizing up the teenage competition in the large room at the Marriott hotel. Mark has been working alongside scientists and technicians in a private pharma lab in our area, and was given his own small slice of a larger project which promises to have an impact on the way pharmaceuticals may be specifically targeted to help the body’s natural processes in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
This week, 17 yr-old Mark and his family, lost their home and everything they owned in a tragic fire which engulfed their apartment building. See the story here.Mark and Jonathan and their parents have been a part of the STEP family for the last four years, and they need our help and the help of all people of good will who read this blog. Mark’s family needs immediate financial help to find a place to live and to purchase furnishings, supplies, school supplies, and other essentials for living. We do not yet have a place to store items, so please begin to collect money for relocation for the family and when I get a list of needed items from Mark, I will post it.
Mark celebrated a victory at that hotel just a few weeks ago, and we were all so proud when he was awarded 2nd place in his category and lifted up that beautiful trophy. Below, Toni is smitten with Mark’s trophy, while Mark is calm and humble. Now Mark and his family are in another hotel -this time their room is provided courtesy of the Red Cross. They do not know where they will be going next, nor how they will move on. We need to rally around our family members and help to bring back some normalcy to their lives. Mark is an extremely bright and promising young man, who has already begun to make a difference on this planet. Let us help! Please!