10/12/2007 3:54:00 PM
Mullinnix Brothers Celebrate
running back Jordan Mullinnix, left, and Panther quarterback Justin Mullinnix, right, celebrate with younger brother Mark
Mullinnix, center, following Normangee's 42-2 District 25-A win Friday, Sept. 28, over the Hubbard Jaguars at Panther Stadium.
The contest was the first one Mark Mullinnix, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston,
has been able to attend in the 2007 season. Apparently, his presence brought his brothers good luck; Justin Mullinnix rushed
for 68 yards on eight carries, and was 3-of-8 passing for 84 yards and one touchdown, while Jordan Mullinnix exploded for
241 yards on 23 carries, with four touchdowns. For his efforts in the Hubbard game, Jordan Mullinnix was named as the Class
A Player of the Week by 1A Texas Football. The three brothers are the children of Panther Head Coach Brian Mullinnix and his
wife, Normangee ISD teacher Dorothy Mullinnix.
The Normangee Star
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
"The Leon County Coonhunters will host a benefit coon
and auction for Mark Mullinnix -- youngest son of
Normangee Panther Head Coach / Athletic Director Brian
NISD teacher Dorothy Mullinnix -- on
Saturday, August 25, at the Normangee Jr. Livestock
Show Pavilion. A fish fry will
take place from 4 to 8
pm, with plates priced at $8 or by donation. A live
auction will begin at 7 pm and live music
provided by The Baldwyn Brothers. To donate an auction
item, call Noah Powell at 396-2719 or Gary Puska at
(254) 729-5726. All proceeds will help offset the
family's medical expenses."
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Mullinnix fundraiser tops $36,792
A tired Mark Mullinnix rests his head on the chest of his father
– Normangee ISD Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Brian Mullinnix – following a long day of fundraising Saturday,
July 28, at the NISD cafeteria. Brian and Mark are shown thanking co-organizers Edd and Marge Kelarek of Hilltop Lakes. The
event raised $36,792.47 to assist the Mullinnix family with ongoing medical expenses for Mark, who recently underwent successful
brain surgery to remove a malignant tumor. He is currently undergoing radiation treatment. |
That's the word event co-organizer Sydney Traylor used
to describe a Saturday, July 28, benefit to help offset the medical expenses for incoming Normangee Jr. High School seventh
grader Mark Mullinnix at the Normangee ISD cafeteria.
Traylor said the barbecue luncheon and auction raised a whopping
$36,792.47 for the Mullinnix family. The line for barbecue plates was non-stop through the event's 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. service,
while the auction - led by auctioneer James Patterson, a Normangee High School graduate and Fort Bend County commissioner
- ran until well past 3 p.m.
Mark is the youngest son of NISD Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Brian Mullinnix
and wife Dorothy Mullinnix, also an NISD teacher. He underwent brain surgery on Wednesday, May 9, at Texas Children's Hospital
in Houston to remove a ping pong ball-sized malignant tumor.
Known as a medulla blastoma, the tumor was successfully
removed. After spending four weeks in the hospital, Mark was released on Friday, June 1, and moved to a condominium near the
medical center with his father and mother. He is currently undergoing six weeks of radiation therapy, to be followed by 16
weeks of chemotherapy.
Mark arrived at Saturday's benefit to a standing ovation. Dad Brian attempted to thank the crowd
for their attendance, but was too choked up to say too much.
"So, I'll say this - if you've never met a true champion,
you're about to. Ladies and gentleman, Mark Mullinnix," he said, voice clearly breaking.
With a broad smile, Mark entered
the cafeteria, waving to the crowd. After walking most of the way, assisted by his older brothers, twins Justin and Jordan
Mullinnix, he sat in an office chair on wheels, and was wheeled to a spot to greet visitors.
Tiring a bit after a while,
Mark was later wheeled to an alcove, where he watched the remainder of the fundraiser and visited with family members.
addition to the auction, the event included performances by Clay Mullinnix - a cousin - and his country group, the Southern
Groove Band; twins Jordan and Justin, who performed popular and original tunes; NISD teacher Kristi Lee, who performed "The
Lord's Prayer; and NISD teacher Terri Woodard, who sang "The National Anthem."
Bro. Kip Riley, pastor of First Baptist
Church of Normangee, offered the opening prayer.
With Patterson serving as auctioneer and NISD coaches - aided by Groveton
Indian Head Coach and former Panther Head Coach Keith Thomas - serving as spotters, the bidding was fierce throughout the
Among the top items - a deep-sea fishing trip for three people in Galveston; an antique bed, which raised $1,100;
and nine barbecued briskets, which brought in $100 apiece.
Season takes on new perspective for Normangee's Mullinix family
By Jake Shaw/TexasFootball.com
A prevalent notion when it comes to cancer is the earlier you detect it, the greater chances of survival. In that regard,
Normangee head football coach Brian Mullinix was fortunate.
Doctors became aware his 12-year old, Mark, had developed a brain tumor at stage early enough to operate and remove it.
That's one prayer answered.
"They said the chances of beating the cancer are fantastic," Mullinix said.
But by no means is the Mullinix family returning to a normal life. When this interview ended with the head coach last week,
Mark was finishing radiation.
The family returned for four weeks in Normangee from Houston, where they've spent their entire summer attending to their
son's medical needs. When that time is up, it's back to Houston for 16 weeks of chemotherapy.
The outcome of that treatment is what Mullinix fears most.
"He's gone from being extremely athletic to struggling to walk in two months," Mullinix said of the effects of Mark's operation.
"He has double vision, which adds to the problem of trying to walk and keep his balance."
Mark clearly had the same athletic gene so present in his older brothers, twins Jordan and Justin. The two enter their
junior seasons at Normangee having lit up Class 1A as sophomores.
Jordan, at running back, totaled 1,399 yards and 22 TDs rushing, while Justin, the quarterback, passed for 1,397 yards
and 16 TDs while adding 970 yards and 12 TDs on the ground. That's over 3,000 yards and 50 TDs between the brothers.
Having them back, along with 14 other starters, gave this magazine reason enough to rank Normangee (7-3 in 2006) No. 7
overall in the preseason.
Coach Mullinix won't miss a second of the season. But he'll be forced to split his time between Normangee and Houston,
where he'll make the 125-mile trip after game days before returning on Tuesdays.
"It's probably going to affect my concentration, because he'll be in Houston and I'll be in Normangee trying to win football
games," Mullinix said.
"Where I've been lucky is I have an outstanding coaching staff, and they've picked up the slack without me being there.
I don't have to worry about team during the summer, because I know they're taking care of it."
Summer workouts haven't stalled for the twins. Both work out with the team during the week and have traveled to various
underclassmen combines around the state.
At their most recent stop, Jordan, who's listed as a half-inch taller than Justin, also edged his brother in the 40, running
a 4.47 compared to Justin's 4.52.
"They kind of have different styles," Mullinix said of his sons. "Jordan can cut, but he's more speed and power, and Justin
is more elusive. He can just start and stop -- that's why he does so well in the shuttles.
"Jordan kinda has a linebacker's mentality when he runs. We don't want Justin to get hit, so it kinda works out well."
With their parents in Houston with their brother in the hospital, Jordan and Justin have found a home with friends back
in Normangee. A weekend visit to him has followed every week's workout.
"They lift and run and work out everyday," their father said. "They're doing all that without me being there.
"On weekends, they come down to see him, and that really picks (Mark) up. They've been real supportive, and he really looks
up to them."
Mark won't get to see much of his brothers sparkle under the Friday night lights. For that matter, he won't get a chance
to suit up with his peers for the seventh grade football team at Normangee.
His father, however, will be there by his side soon enough to give full reports.
"I don’t know how I’m going to do it," Mullinix said of balancing the upcoming season and his son's needs,
"but I'm going to play it by ear and just do it.
"But my son is my No. 1 priority. And the people of Normangee understand that."
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July 16 - Letter to the editor, Bryan Eagle
Help is appreciated
We, the students who held the car wash for Mark
Mullinnix, the 12-year-old
Normangee boy who is
fighting brain cancer, would like to say thank you for
the response. The amount collected from
the car wash
and the donations, which are still coming in, is just
We would especially like to thank
Larry Bowen and The
Eagle as well as several local radio stations for
publicizing the car wash. Without their efforts,
people would not have shown up for the car
wash. Also, a very special thanks to U-Haul at the
corner of University Drive
and Texas Avenue in College
Station for donating a wonderful place to have the car
wash. Obviously, we could not have
pulled it together
in such an easy way if it hadn't been for Jordan at
U-Haul and all of the special help that he gave
the car wash. Jordan's generosity was a great example
to all of us. Also, thank you to Applebee's employees
the snacks they brought us while we were washing
cars and the $5 off cards that they gave us to give to
people who had
their cars washed.
Most of all, we would like to thank all of the people
who donated money and who brought their
car to the car
wash and helped us raise this money for Mark's family.
It is great to be able to live in and go to school
such a special place like Bryan-College Station. So
many of you were so generous, you really inspired us.
remember to send donations for Mark to:
Normangee State Bank
Attn: Ida Fletcher
P.O. Box 189
Normangee, TX 77871-0189
And 42 others....
Updated 6:23 AM on Friday, June 22, 2007
Student car wash to aid boy's family
A group of Texas A&M and Blinn students will have a car wash Saturday to benefit cancer patient Mark Mullinnix, the
12-year-old son of Normangee football coach Brian Mullinnix.
The car wash will be at the U-Haul store at the corner of Texas Avenue and University Drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Donations will be accepted to help the Mullinnix family with medical and living expenses while Mark is in Houston undergoing
treatments for brain cancer.
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scheduled July 28|
A benefit to help offset the medical expenses
for incoming Normangee Jr. High School seventh grader Mark Mullinnix is planned for Saturday, July 28, at the Normangee ISD
Mark is the youngest son of NISD Athletic Director/Head Football Coach Brian Mullinnix and wife Dorothy
Mullinnix, also an NISD teacher. He underwent brain surgery on Wednesday, May 9, at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston to
remove a ping-pong ball-sized malignant tumor.
Known as a medulla blastoma, the tumor was successfully removed. After
spending four weeks in the hospital, Mark was released on Friday, June 1, and moved to a condominium near the medical Ccenter
with his father and mother. He is now undergoing six weeks of radiation theraphy, to be followed by 16 weeks of chemotherapy.
Saturday, July 28, benefit will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NISD cafeteria. Barbecue brisket plates with potato salad,
pinto beans, bread, cake and tea will be sold for $8 for adults and $5 for children. To-go plates will also be available.
a live auction and other fun will be featured. For more information or to make cash and/or auction item donations, call Sydney
Traylor at 396-5403; Tami Dean at 396-1302; Isabel Shaw at 396-6057; Normangee High School at 396-6111; or Joe or Terri Woodard
According to a story in The Eagle, doctors have told the Mullinnix family the success rate for treatment
of medulla blastoma is about 80 percent. The family is hoping to ease Mark back into school after Christmas.
also undergoing physical therapy to combat the effects of having surgery near his brain stem. He has trouble with balance
and needs help walking.
A journal on Mark's progress can be found at http://markmullinnix.tripod.com. There's also
a place for visitors to sign a guestbook.
Among the highlights - a note about Mark getting a call and autograph from
NBA star Shaquille O'Neal of the Miami Heat; receiving a Texas A&M 12th Man jersey with his name on it; and receiving
memorabilia and well-wishes from the College World Series-bound Rice Owl baseball team.
There's also an account about
how dad Brian Mullinnix received sideline passes and took Mark to a Houston Texans workout, where 2006 Houston first-round
pick Mario Williams, a defensive end, presented him with a pair of gloves. Other players also presented gifts, and the team
as a whole prayed for Mark prior to workouts, the account states.
An account to benefit the Mullinnix family has been
set up at Normangee State Bank. Donation buckets are also located at several locations on the NISD campus.
June 6, 2007
Normangee's Mark Mullinnix battles brain cancer
Mark Mullinnix should be spending this summer hustling from Normangee's Little League baseball fields to the
school weight room, getting ready to play seventh-grade football.
Instead, the 12-year-old son of Normangee High School head football coach Brian Mullinnix goes from one Houston
hospital room to another, getting treatments for brain cancer.
To help out
To keep up with how Mark is doing, go to his Web site at http://mark mullinnix. tripod.com.
To give to a fund for his medical treatment, checks can be sent for the Mark Mullinnix Fund to Normangee State
Bank, attention Ida Fletcher. The mailing address is Normangee State Bank, P.O. Box 189, Normangee, Texas, 77871.
Mark Mullinnix was nearing the end of his sixth-grade year last month when he began to experience severe headaches
and vomiting. A CT scan May 6 revealed that Mark had medulla blastoma, a form of brain cancer.
Mark was taken to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, where he underwent six hours of brain surgery three
Mark has spent the past four weeks at Texas Children's Hospital. Last week, he moved to a condominium near
the Medical Center with his father and mother, Dorothy, an English teacher at Normangee. The condo will be the family's base
of operations while Mark goes through six weeks of radiation that starts Thursday and will be followed by 16 weeks of chemotherapy.
People from Normangee and the surrounding communities have rallied around Mark, his parents and twin brothers
Jordan and Justin, who are standout athletes at Normangee High School.
"The support has really been outstanding, especially from the community of Normangee and area churches," Brian
Mullinnix said. "For people to leave Normangee and drive to downtown Houston, into the Medical Center people have just been
"We had some people at Normangee schools who donated [off] days to us, and that's going to help. Churches
from the Normangee area have sent us money. Our friends have sent money and gifts. People have been amazing."
Friends have set up a fund at Normangee State Bank to help the Mullinnix family pay medical bills and living
expenses. The account is monitored by assistant cashier Ida Fletcher, whose son Tyler is one of Mark's best friends.
"People are coming in, wanting to help and trying to find out what they can do," said Fletcher, who said donations
have ranged from $5 to $2,000. "It's wonderful. You don't realize how many friends you have until something like this happens.
This is a loving, caring community, and it hit so close to home."
Doctors have told the Mullinnix family that the success rate for treatment of medulla blastoma is about 80
percent. Dorothy and Brian hope they can begin easing Mark back into school after Christmas.
For now, Mark is undergoing physical therapy to combat the effects of having surgery near his brain stem.
He has trouble with balance and needs help walking, but his father said Mark did well when they took him to a swimming pool
"He's being extremely patient, being as athletic as he was," Mullinnix said. "He's having to kind of start
over. They're talking about doing physical therapy three days a week, but we're talking about maybe upping that to five days
Mark's parents got a scare when he didn't wake up as expected after his surgery. A CT scan indicated that
the procedure went well, and so did Mark's first words when he finally woke up the next day.
"The first thing he asked us is, 'Where is the nearest Subway?'" Brian Mullinnix said.
Friends of the Mullinnix family have set up an Internet site to provide updates on Mark's condition and allow
people to write messages to him. A visit to http://mark Mullinnix.tripod.com reveals reports of Mark's medical progress, along
with notes about him getting a call and autograph from NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and a cherished Texas A&M 12th Man jersey
with his name on it.
"You have to be optimistic and have faith," Brian Mullinnix said. "We're going to have faith in Mark's body
and in Mark, because he's such a competitor. Some friends of ours sent a T-shirt to him that said he was a champion, and that
one of the definitions of champion is a warrior. We've been talking to him about being a warrior. We know he's going to come
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