Chris’s Short Take: Mark Graydon

If you have ever been to Wolff’s Biergarten, or the Olde English Pub, chances are you remember this man, Mark Graydon.  Mark grew up outside London and brought a true passion for soccer and fine beers to Albany. He is the supercharged barkeep spinning 1/2 liter mugs, running from one end of the bar to the other, telling jokes, and explaining European soccer to the hoards of new fans.  

One day about 8 years ago, I stopped in one afternoon and Mark mentioned he was having problems with his memory, a very short time later he was diagnosed with brain cancer.  Multiple surgeries, radiation, and many chemo treatments left his immune system severely compromised.  A few weeks ago he was admitted to the ICU with severe pneumonia, placed in an induced coma, and intubated.  His parents started the process of working with both the British and American governments to be able to travel here from London in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.  Congressman Paul Tonko and his excellent staff were able to expedite their travel to see their son.  Since then he has responded to all the therapies and is making progress every day back in his home.

This has, however, left him with massive bills, and it will be sometime before he can return to work.  He is among the most beloved individuals in the downtown restaurant scene… I thought I’d just leave this here …

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