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The power of a simple smile

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 9:16 am

Have you ever met a person who smiles all the time?  If not, then you need to meet Marvin Robinson.

He is a man that loves life, helps others, provides for his family, has a great work ethic and always has a smile on his face doing all that life hands him.

Robinson works full time at True Manufacturing in O’Fallon, has worked for over 15 years cleaning the floors at the V.F.W. every week and details cars.

Almost a month ago Robinson was handed something that no one would ever smile about, a diagnoses of brain cancer.

One evening his wife went to bible study and as she told the others about what had been going on with Robinson, they encouraged her to go home and take him to the hospital.  Turns out that trip to ER probably saved his life, but gave him a big mountain to climb.

With several medical issues happening all at once the outcome left Robinson’s right side paralyzed.

Since being released from Mercy, Robinson has been receiving therapy to get his right side stronger at the Villages of St. Peters.  He hopes to be released later this week so he can come home, where he will continue in-home therapy.

During his stay in St. Peters, his wife had to take him numerous times to Mercy to receive radiation, which also concludes this week.  When Robinson comes home he will need help at home while his wife continues to work.
Wife, Rita (Watts) Robinson is no stranger to the fight that Robinson will have with cancer.

Currently, she is in remission in her fight against breast cancer, but maintains her positive attitude as she works at her job in Troy everyday and is helping her husband climb his mountain.

When asked what keeps her going forward each day, she says, “her faith”.  She added, “There comes a time when you have to rely on someone bigger than yourself to get you through the tough times. I believe the Lord puts friends and family in our path to help and hold you up when we get weak.”

Robinson will find out quickly that not just his wife will be there for him, but his friends and family in Elsberry will also be there showing their support.

His co-workers at the V.F.W.  have already started a raffle with items donated by Elsberry businesses and individuals.

Items such as, gift certificates, concrete lawn ornament, homemade jellies and canned vegetables and many more items.

The raffle will be available until at least May, maybe longer.

If you don’t have the opportunity to stop and check out the items, an account has been set up for the Robinson Family at

Providence Bank for your convenience.

Terry Martin, Commander at the V.F.W., couldn’t say enough about Robinson, “Not only has he been a loyal employee over the years, he is someone I am proud to call my friend.”

Plans are also getting underway for a fundraiser BBQ on May 27.  If you have any question or would like to donate an item contact Martin at 898-9692.