A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

Marqus was a brother, son, friend, and sickle cell advocate. He co-founded Sick Cells nonprofit, with his sister, Ashley.

More information about Marqus' work and his memorials can be found at www.sickcells.org.

OBITUARY

Marqus Alan Valentine

25 July, 198322 June, 2020
Obituary of Marqus Alan Valentine
Marqus Alan Valentine, age 36, of Lisle, Illinois gained his wings on Monday, June 22, 2020. He is an angel now. Marqus was born July 25, 1983 to Angelo and Francesca. He is survived by his siblings Kevin, Ashley and his nephew Kaleb. Marqus' family has an extended reach on earth and in heaven. Marqus was a patient person who devoted his life to understanding others, uplifting his family and friends, and spreading awareness about sickle cell disease. Marqus touched the hearts of all of those who knew his radiant spirit. Many will share that even just one encounter with Marqus had a lasting effect on their life. He was wise beyond his years and never hesitated to share his voice to help those around him. As the co-founder and inspiration for Sick Cells, Marqus believed that his life and the pain he lived with everyday was for a purpose. He shared his story with anyone who would listen, ranging from his individual friends and family, to his medical team, in Washington, DC, and even abroad. Marqus shared every new experience, such as training his own service dog and therapeutic riding, so others could participate. He believed all persons with SCD should have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of activities. His purpose was to improve the lives of current and future sickle cell warriors and their families. Marqus' legacy will forever be a reminder of his triumphs, resilience, positive spirit and complete dedication to uplifting others in every way he could. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at //www.sickcells.org/memorial for the Valentine family.

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