LAWTON, OK (RNN Texoma) - The Altus community is rallying together to help a sixth grader battling Leukemia.
12-year-old Brayden Baltazar attends Altus Intermediate School. His mother said he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in November, so this is still extremely new to him and his entire family. They were told to be prepared for three years of treatment so they’re holding a fundraiser on Wednesday to help them out.
Nancy Ortiz, Brayden’s mother, said they are just a month removed from the diagnosis that rocked their world.
"It just started from pain he had in one of his legs and we ended up in the emergency room twice. That second time they went ahead and sent us out to OU Medical, being there that’s where he was diagnosed on November the 5th with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz said the last few weeks have been a whirlwind, but she knows they couldn’t have made it this far without the help of the community.
“It’s kind of what’s kept us so positive is having so much support from everybody,” Ortiz said.
You’ll have a chance to show your support for the family Wednesday through a fundraiser at the Altus Community Center.
"We’re having a brisket dinner to raise some funds for expenses, gas, medical bills. We don’t really know what it’s going to be. It’s a three-year process from what we were told and thank God we have such an amazing family community,” Ortiz said.
The event will run from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. There will be ribs, brisket, sides and dessert. It will be 10 dollars for adults and six dollars for kids. Oritz hopes you’ll come out to support Brayden.
"I think it means a lot to him. I think he himself has been shocked to have so many people supporting him. I think it’s helped him enormously from his classmates to his teachers, I have received messages, phone calls daily. Everybody wants to know how he’s doing,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz said Brayden has received boxes full of cards from kids at Altus Public Schools which have helped him keep his spirits high. He has already started chemo therapy and at this point, Ortiz said the treatment is going well.