Allen Americans Face-Off Against Childhood Cancer, Jan. 11th
The Allen Americans will participate in a fundraiser during their game against the Wichita Thunder at the Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Road, in Allen, on Friday, January 11. Proceeds from a percentage of tickets sold will go directly to the Brooks family to help offset medical expenses for their three-year-old son, Wyatt, who is battling leukemia.
Last June, Wyatt developed pinprick-like marks and bruises on his body that were noticed after returning home from a weekend at the beach. Born with Down syndrome and combating infections, viruses and odd rashes for several months, this raised flags, as several of the symptoms were indicative of leukemia, a potential health risk to those with Down syndrome. Wyatt was taken immediately to the emergency room where test results revealed he had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
In addition to leukemia, another health risk for individuals with Down syndrome is heart defects. Wyatt was born with various defects. Open-heart surgery repaired two of the defects, however, one was irreparable and one may require future surgery.
Since June, Wyatt has been receiving chemotherapy at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. His treatments are unconventional in the sense he is required to be inpatient versus outpatient in order to be closely monitored due to the increased risk of treatment-related complications. There are six phases to treatment, which, from start to finish, will last three years.
You can support the Brooks family and help offset Wyatt’s medical expenses by purchasing a ticket to the Allen Americans game on Friday, January 11. Tickets are $18 each and must be purchased via this link only——in order for the proceeds to benefit the Brooks family. Puck drops at 7:05 p.m. For more information on Wyatt the Warrior contact Diane Buckner at 214.724.1303; for more information on Allen Americans contact Chad Morgan at 972.912.1028.