Fundraiser scheduled to support family’s fight against AML
By Ryan Horton
The eastern Oklahoma County community is rallying behind a Jones family in their fight against cancer.
“I went into the hospital for a toothache, and turned out I had leukemia,” said Tracy Atchley.
He was diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukemia.
With AML, the most common type of acute leukemia in adults, the bone marrow makes abnormal myeloblasts (a type of white blood cell).
Atchley was diagnosed July 30.
He has already been through one round of chemotherapy and is preparing for another.
“I’ve been through one round of chemo, and have to do another. I don’t know how long that’s going to last, but that’s tough,” said Atchley. “I’ve had some tough battles in my life, but this is a whole different ball game.”
The family provider is now unable to work, doesn’t have insurance and has medical bills piling up.
A fundraiser has been scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Sept. 13 at Charlie’s Sports Grill, 14530 NE 20th St.
Organizer Shane Codinack says the fundraiser is likely to run longer depending on turnout.
“He can no longer work so any little bit helps. We’re having a car show with prizes, we have the Oklahoma Blood Institute coming out and everyone who gives to that a credit will go in his name to help with what he needs, we’re having a silent auction, bake sale, and we’ll have a snow cone trailer and maybe some bouncy houses,” said Codinack. “If this helps the family with one month of rent or one trip to the grocery store it will be worth it.”
If you would like to donate an item to the auction or make a financial contribution contact Codinack at 405-763-8712 or Samantha Brandt Austin at 405-410-1029.
There is also an event called Time for Tracy on Facebook with more information and updates.