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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

— “Jackie’s recovery is going to be a long haul,” he said, noting that her chemotherapy was wreaking havoc with her intestines. “The doctors are very pleased with the stem cell transplant — But she needs someone here all the time.”

Tyner continued his thoughts.

“It’s unfortunate I lost my job, but there’s no place I’d rather be than right here with her,” he said this week in a phone interview. “The generosity and kindness of people has been overwhelming.....just overwhelming,” he said. “We’re surrounded by so many people who are really caring and kind.”

The Tyner family has been facing substantial medical bills, and their health care insurance hasn’t paid for it all. In addition, the insurance is due to expire soon.

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.

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 postings on the “R&J Support Fund” Facebook page and a CaringBridge website page. People who wish to make 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.

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