Last week, Chairman and CEO Mark Spain and Fish personality Parks Stamper were on hand to personally provide a very special Fish Act of Love to a Dacula, Ga. family in need. Mark and Sarah Johnson were unexpectedly hit with a serious health challenge with their 17-month-old son, Ryker. Just five days after closing on and moving into a new home in August, they learned Ryker had leukemia.
The couple has each reduced their work down to part-time so that at least one parent is always at the hospital with Ryker. He is currently undergoing his second round of chemotherapy. Between concern for their son’s health, hospital bills, reduced income and a brand new $1,700 mortgage payment, the Johnsons have, understandably, been under a lot of stress. Sarah’s brother, Phillip, nominated the family for a Fish Act of Love.
When the radio station and Mark Spain Real Estate learned of the Johnsons’ story, they immediately took action. Because their toddler son, who will come home soon from the hospital, will have no immune system after chemotherapy treatments, Fish Atlanta, on behalf of the Fish listeners and Mark Spain Real Estate, arranged to have three Calgon iWave R air filtration systems installed throughout the house.
While the Johnsons were fortunate to have a local non-profit pay their October mortgage payment, this large monthly bill was still looming over the family’s head for the coming months. The family has also received some financial relief from a GoFundMe page but have been very concerned about how to get through the holidays and beyond. To provide additional hope and alleviate some of the stress, Mark Spain Real Estate stepped in and will pay their November, December and January mortgage payments. This will get the family through the holiday season and allow them to remain focused on caring for their son.
“Children have a special place in my heart and, as a father myself, I cannot imagine how this family is dealing with this extraordinary challenge,” explained Mark Spain. “We care about the communities and families we serve, and our company wanted to step in and help ease the burden over the next few months.”
To see the complete video of Fish Atlanta and Mark Spain presenting this Fish Act of Love, visit http://thefishatlanta.com/content/all/acts-of-love-mark-spain. If you know someone who would greatly benefit from an Act of Love, visit Fish Atlanta to fill out a brief nomination form.
Similar to the Fish Christmas Wish, the Acts of Love initiative is bringing joy and happiness to families in greater Atlanta who are in need of extra support due largely to the COVID-19 pandemic. Acts of Love was started to support metro Atlantans’ needs on a year-round basis. The Fish Atlanta refers to Acts of Love as neighbors helping neighbors.
Ever conscious of the importance of giving back to the communities in which they serve, Mark Spain Real Estate has been a Fish Christmas Wish supporter the last four years and counting. After expanding to Charlotte, Raleigh and Nashville in the last couple years, Mark Spain Real Estate consistently gives back to these communities as well. It is part of the company’s philosophy to “lead with a servant’s heart.”
This latest round of philanthropy through the Acts of Love sponsorship is the second Fish Act of Love that Mark Spain Real Estate has participated in this month. Mark Spain Real Estate previously paid a year of rent for a Monroe family whose daughter is also battling cancer.
To learn more about the 104.7 Acts of Love or to see truly inspiring stories of past Acts of Love recipients, visit https://thefishatlanta.com/content/fish-features/acts-of-love.
About Mark Spain Real Estate:
Mark Spain Real Estate is the most trusted name in real estate, earning more 5-star reviews than any other real estate company in the United States. It has earned the No. 1 real estate team in the United States honor by Real Trends and The Wall Street Journal for closed transactions the last three consecutive years. The company has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America for five years straight. Mark Spain Real Estate’s mobile site design took top honors in 2019, being named the No. 1 Mobile Website in real estate by REAL Trends. MarkSpain.com also earned the No. 8 spot in the Top 10 Overall Websites. The company was honored in 2017, 2018 and 2020 as one of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Top Places to Work. It has earned the Atlanta Business Chronicle Pacesetter Award the last four years, for being one of metro Atlanta’s 100 top, fastest-growing, privately held companies. Mark Spain Real Estate recently made its third appearance on Atlanta’s Top 25 Real Estate Companies annual list in 2020 and debuted on similar lists for Charlotte and Raleigh.
As the leader of such a productive team with cutting edge ideas like its innovative website, Guaranteed Offer program and extensive marketing, Mark Spain was named to the inaugural list of 2019 REAL Trends Game Changers. This list of 50 people who have the potential to change the game of real estate in the coming year, included such honorees as: Gary Keller, co-founder and CEO of Keller Williams International, as well as the CEOs of RE/MAX International, Zillow, Coldwell Banker and HomeServices of America.