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“You learn to deal with it. There is always someone out there much worse off than you. I had good friends, a good family and my daughter [who has cystic fibrosis] doesn’t give up and is strong,” Marino said. “So dad better suck it up.”
Apart from his Congressional duties, which include serving as co-chairman of the Congressional Kidney Caucus, Marino has become a spokesman for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and promotes funding research to find a cure.
“Would I rather have not had cancer? Of course. But it changed my life for the better because of my family and those that supported me,” Marino said.
He laughed as he described a moment during his recovery — when he had not quite regained full coherence — in which his children asked him if they could keep a cat they had found. Marino has no recollection of the incident, but he came home to a cat nonetheless.