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Fundraiser for couple afflicted with leukemia draws many

Randy Tyner, caring for his wife after her stem-cell transplant, thanks donors for their generosity

Cheryl Deschamps of Sagamore Style hair salon blow-dries a style for Rose Alonzo during a fundraiser held at Tina’s Hair Affair March 30 for Randy and Jackie Tyner of Lake George — who both are afflicted with Leukemia.
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Cheryl Deschamps of Sagamore Style hair salon blow-dries a style for Rose Alonzo during a fundraiser held at Tina’s Hair Affair March 30 for Randy and Jackie Tyner of Lake George — who both are afflicted with Leukemia. Courtesy photo

— Dozens of area residents got their hair cut and styled and their backs massaged March 30 to raise money for Randy and Jacqueline Tyner, who are both battling leukemia.

The fundraiser was held Sunday afternoon at Tina’s Hair Affair and Lake George Massage Therapy.

Hair Affair proprietor Tina Cacckello said the turnout was solid.

“It was such a great day, the fact that people turned out to help a couple they hadn’t even met,” she said. “It was very heartwarming.”

The event featured beauticians and a massage therapist who donated their time and talents to raise money to help defray the ongoing medical expenses of Randy and Jacqueline Tyner, a relatively young couple.

Cacckello said that Randy Tyner stopped in and thanked people who participated. Tyner is also facing his own health challenge: he’s afflicted with T-cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia, but he’s been focusing on providing care for Jacqueline, as well as raising awareness for other patients facing serious health issues.

Hours after the fundraiser, Tyner talked about the generosity he’s witnessed among not only his neighbors and friends, but friends-of-friends — and citizens without any prior connection to the Tyner family.

“People in the area have been so good to us — it’s really, really nice,” he said. “Their generosity says a lot about our community!”

Jacqueline is back home now after undergoing a stem-cell replacement operation in Boston, and Randy is providing care full-time. She has been unable to work, and Randy’s position as a teacher in the Glens Falls School District and the area BOCES was eliminated last year in budget cutbacks — although students described him as a dynamic, committed instructor. He taught Outdoor Education and Gifted and Talented courses.

Recently, Randy Tyner taught Composition courses at SUNY Adirondack, but had to quit to provide care for Jacqueline, he said.

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