Mark Dillon ’86 Scholarship

A heartfelt message from Bill and Judy Dillon

Even though it has been more than 30 years since his death, we think about our son and your classmate Mark every day. We will never forget how the Bishop Kearney Family surrounded us with love and compassion while he battled cancer; and the way you honored him after his death as the entire school walked over to Christ the King for his funeral.

Mark was 10 years old when diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He spent the rest of his life in and out of remission while receiving chemotherapy and radiation. These significant challenges didn’t stop him from doing the things he loved, like playing baseball. He would throw an inning from the pitcher’s mound then walk into the woods nearby to get sick. He was determined to live every minute that he had.

At Bishop Kearney, the teachers would come to our house, on their own time, to make sure he kept up with his studies. He was even elected Junior Class President and was well-loved for his sense of humor.

Shortly after Mark passed away, family and friends created the Mark Dillon Memorial Golf Tournament. With the proceeds, we are able to give back more than $2,000 each year for student scholarships at Bishop Kearney – the school he loved and we are forever grateful to.

More than 70% of Bishop Kearney students receive financial assistance. These students are bright and hard-working, just like Mark was and his classmates like you are. They just need a little extra help. Some students have parents who have lost a job or suffered a sudden illness. We want to help them have the same opportunity you did to succeed.

We are asking you as a member of The Class of 1986 to help grow us his scholarship fund by coming together this holiday season to honor Mark’s memory. The team at the BK Advancement Office has agreed to release information regarding those students who are benefiting from those scholarships. You will see your gift in action, changing the life of a student.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. A gift of any size would be greatly appreciated.

May God Bless you and your family,

Bill and Judy Dillon

To make your gift now click the “donate” button below:

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Gifts to the Mark Dillon Scholarship may also be made via cash, check or credit card. Please direct questions to Melanie Barnas-Simmons, VP of Institutional Advancement, 585-342-4000 ext. 202 or