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Blake-Lamb Funeral Home

5015 Lincoln Ave, Lisle, IL

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.si...
OBITUARY

Marqus Alan VALENTINE

July 25, 1983June 22, 2020

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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Marqus Alan VALENTINE

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Vicki Znavor

July 3, 2020

I met Marqus when he and Ashley were selected as Red Criss heroes. Marqus stole my heart the moment I met him. That smile, his humor and his devotion to helping others made me realize that I was with a true hero, one who had fought battles his entire life. He won. He made a difference in this lifetime and he will never be forgotten.

I know his family is heartbroken. You are heroes too-he has the best family. I am heartbroken as well.

Hugs to you.


Vicki Znavor

Debbie Wentland

June 30, 2020

Im a nurse at Loyola, working with Dr. Stuck. We had the pleasure of caring for Marcus for several years. He was truly a very kind soul even with all he'd been through. His mom and dad were always so giving and helpful, I truly feel for you in your loss. I didnt have the pleasure of meeting Marcus's sister, but know she was amazing from the stories Marcus told. He often spoke of his brother and nephew also. My thoughts and prayers are
with you, may angels and God bring you comfort.

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