In August 2013, Marek was diagnosed with a rare & aggressive brain cancer known as Choroid Plexus Carcinoma, a brain tumor. Within a 2 week period, Marek had undergone over 40 hours of brain surgery in his home state of Iowa. He is now in Tennesee undergoing chemotherapy. He has completed 4 rounds of chemotherapy and will still receive at least 8 more at this time. Marek loves cars, trains, planes, trucks, Spiderman, music, and the bubble guppies.