Randy and Jackie Tyner of Queensbury, both under treatment for Leukemia, have been faced with mounting medical bills as Randy's job as a teacher was cut, and Jackie has been too ill to work — and she's required care that Randy has been providing. A number of fundraisers have been held on their behalf. Photo provided
Area residents will be getting their hair cut and styled, their fingernails painted and their backs massaged this weekend — to raise money for a local man and wife who are both battling leukemia.
The event features a number of beauticians and a massage therapist who are donating their time and talents to raise money to help defray the ongoing medical expenses of Randy and Jacqueline Tyner, according to Tina Cacckello of Tina’s Hair Affair.
The fundraiser is to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday March 30 at 2199B Rte. 9 in Lake George, the location of Tina’s Hair Affair and Lake George Massage Therapy.
“One hundred percent of the proceeds of this event will go to the expenses the Tyners are now facing,” Cacckello said. “We’re attempting to raise awareness about this family’s needs.”
Joyce Azukas of Lake George Massage said the Tyners are her neighbors on Skara Brae Drive.
“Jackie and Randy Tyner are like the perfect couple,” she said, noting that Jacqueline is back home now after undergoing a stem-cell replacement operation in Boston. “The whole block is pitching in to lend support.”
“The Tyners are incredible people,” she continued, noting that Jacqueline’s health insurance will only be in force for a limited time, but their family is facing substantial medical bills already — and that Randy, a teacher for 25 years in the Glens Falls School District, lost his job not long ago.
Jacqueline is a social worker at Jackson Heights Elementary School, and she also serves as a clinical social worker for Hudson Headquarters Health Network. She was diagnosed in August with chronic myelogenous leukemia.
Their story of their medical challenges and their courage has been detailed in published reports and postings on the “R&J Support Fund” Facebook page and a CaringBridge website page. Randy Tyner has been searching for jobs, but he has recently been spending his time providing vital care for Jacqueline.
Without health insurance, one of the therapeutic drugs Jacqueline is taking is estimated to cost $12,000 per year, and another is expected to reach nearly $40,000 annually.
“It’s heartbreaking to see these things happen to people, particularly when they’re so young,”
According to reports, although Randy has his own considerable health challenges with fighting T-cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia, he’s been focusing on Jacqueline, as well as other patients facing health crises.
People unable to attend Sunday’s fundraiser at Tina’s Hair Affair or those who wish to make direct contributions can send a check payable to “R&J Support Fund” to Glens Falls National Bank, 696 Upper Glen St., Queensbury NY 12804. Those seeking to verify the account may call the bank at 793-9656.
In conjunction with the fundraisers at Tina’s Hair Salon and Lake George Massage, other salons including Red Carpet Salon at 4 Western Ave. in Queensbury will also be holding benefits on Sunday. For a full up-to-date listing, see the R&J Support Fund Facebook page. For more details, Tina’s Hair Affair can be reached at 668-5059; Lake George Massage can be called at 712-9242; and Red Carpet Salon at 798-0110.