Wichita Falls businesses rally to help boy fight leukemia

A strong sense of community brought this event to life and helped a family in need.
Published: Jan. 22, 2023 at 6:09 PM CST
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - From noon to midnight on Saturday, Jan. 21, a local bar hosted an event to raise money for the family of Joseph Orten, an 11-year-old boy from Wichita Falls diagnosed with leukemia.

“We’re trying to raise a little money to help out, he’s right now in Fort Worth staying at the Ronald McDonald house. He’s been at Cooks Children’s, he’s been there since November the 25th,” Judy Heaston, Joseph’s grandmother, said.

After Joseph was diagnosed with leukemia, Heaston called out for help. Christian Bailey, owner of Guitar Bar, answered that call.

“We found out about it yesterday, we jumped in, we heard the cause, and being a grandma myself I couldn’t say no. I just couldn’t turn it down, so we rallied the troops and we came down and we’re just doing the best we can,” Bailey said.

A strong sense of community brought this event to life and helped a family in need.