Mark Carlson was born to Debbie and Matthew Rickerson-Ford in 1989. Mark was a brave and athletic child, he would take part in all sporting events at school and won the majority of them. Mark's bravery took to his career when he went to firefighting school, and met David Carlson who was also at firefighting school. The two graduated in 2005. In 2009, Mark and David used Vanessa Lynn as a surrogate, in 2010, Timmy was born.