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Keeping the Faith




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Mark Katakowski

Jeff is a math teacher at Pierce Middle School in Waterford MI. He has also coached boys and girls soccer at both Waterford Mott and Kettering for the past several years. His wife Diane is a Diane Katakowski is a speech and language consultant at Oakland Schools. Jeff and Diane have two children, Robert (8), and Anna (6). Jeff was diagnosed with an oligodendroglioma in his right temporal lobe after suffering a grand mal seizure in the spring of 2012. Dr. Tom Mikkelson was Jeff’s first neuro-oncologist and Henry Ford, and Dr. Mark Rosenblum performed his surgery using intraoperative MRI. Jeff received post-operative radiation, followed by 12 months of Temozolomide. Thanks to a successful surgery, Jeff was able to pick up life again with family and work after a short recovery, and has been an inspiration for his positive attitude, and constant good sense of humor. Outside of teaching, Jeff enjoys spending his time with family, as well as coaching, running, windsurfing, skiing, playing indoor soccer, and woodworking. Jeff just had a clear MRI at the beginning of August. I am Jeff’s brother, and work as an Assistant Scientist in the Neurology Department of Henry Ford. I have been researching glioma, and therapies for brain tumor for several years at HFH. Therefore, you can imagine my shock when Jeff was diagnosed. Thankfully, I work down the hall from some of the best neurosurgeons and neuro-oncologists in the country. We couldn’t be happier about the care that Jeff received at Henry Ford; it has made all the difference.