Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence

Chi­ro­prac­tor sell­ing can­dles to help child with leukemia

The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Morrison el­[email protected]­ton­

One lo­cal chi­ro­prac­tor is us­ing her hobby to help a young boy and his fam­ily while he bat­tles leukemia.

Dr. Mi­randa Tipton, with Chi­ro­prac­tic Health Cen­ter of Bryant, is sell­ing her hand-poured wax can­dles to raise money to sup­port the fam­ily of Tyler Buck while the 10-year-old goes through treat­ment for acute myeloid leukemia.

Tyler is cur­rently in Houston, Texas, un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy treatments to pre­pare for a bone mar­row trans­plant.

Tipton be­came aware of Tyler’s cancer through her chi­ro­prac­tic as­sis­tant Robyn Bax­ley, who has been work­ing for Tipton for two months. Be­fore she got the job, Bax­ley was a day­care teacher at Child­care Net­work on Mil­i­tary Road in Ben­ton, where she still works a few hours a day.

She was Tyler’s teacher be­fore he was di­ag­nosed ear­lier this year. She and Tyler were close.

One day in mid-jan­uary Tyler’s fam­ily no­ticed he was tired and pale but thought he had just had a rough day. Not long af­ter the fam­ily no­ticed he was sleep­ing more than usual and wasn’t hungry. He said he was get­ting drinks from

the wa­ter foun­tain to avoid throw­ing up.

He fell and hit his head one day. His mom took him to the doc­tor who thought he might be con­cussed, but he passed all his phys­i­cal tests. The next week Tyler’s school called his mother be­cause he was throw­ing up and ap­peared jaun­diced.

He went back to the doc­tor and had blood work done.

Lisa Buck, Tyler’s mom, was in­formed on Feb. 5 that Tyler had ab­nor­mal blood tests and his pa­per­work was sent to Arkansas Chil­dren’s Hospital. She was told to take him to the emer­gency room.

Tyler spent the first week of Fe­bru­ary in the hospital for tests. He had to go back again to be­gin treat­ment. The round of chemo­ther­apy he is get­ting in Texas will be his third.

His fam­ily is hav­ing to pay for hous­ing, food and trans­porta­tion on top of his med­i­cal bills while he is in Texas.

Bax­ley has al­ready ad­min­is­tered one fundraiser for the fam­ily and be­lieves she will try to do an­other af­ter this one.

She said she was grate­ful for Tyler’s mother let­ting her know his sit­u­a­tion. When Tyler had to be taken out of school due to his ill­ness, she asked the di­rec­tor to no­tify Bax­ley so she would know what was go­ing on be­cause of how close she is with Tyler.

When Tipton heard about Tyler she wanted to do some­thing to help. She has done fundrais­ers with her can­dles in the past.

She be­gan mak­ing can­dles af­ter seeing her friends in Ge­or­gia make them. She wanted to learn and they taught her.

At first she tried to sell them at flea mar­kets and can­dle events but re­al­ized she en­joyed cre­at­ing them for fundrais­ers more.

She has been sell­ing can­dles through the fundraiser at the Health Cen­ter, Arkansas Pro­fes­sional Hear­ing Care, Stan­dard Man, Child­care Net­work on Mil­i­tary, Bax­ley Garage and Clas­sic Cuts.

Be­cause of the pos­i­tive re­sponse she has re­ceived, Tipton will con­tinue to take can­dle or­ders through Aug. 2. She es­ti­mates it will take about two weeks to fill or­ders.

So far, it has raised $750 through can­dle sales and do­na­tions.

Tipton sells her can­dles un­der the la­bel Arkan­soy Can­dle Com­pany. Her can­dles are made of soy in­stead of paraf­fin wax, which she said burns cleaner and is bet­ter for those with res­pi­ra­tory ail­ments such as asthma. She also likes that she gets to help sup­port soy farm­ers.

“I try to use as much (soy) from in-state as pos­si­ble,” Tipton said.

The wick uses nat­u­ral cot­ton fibers and each can­dle is es­ti­mated to last about 100 hours.

The scents avail­able for the fundraiser are eu­ca­lyp­tus mint, flan­nel, fresh linen, gar­de­nia, Ja­maican me crazy, lemon bundt cake, love spell, mul­berry, thou­sand wishes and vol­cano blue.

Any busi­ness that would like a bas­ket of can­dles to sell can con­tact her at her of­fice. She or Bax­ley can also meet peo­ple to de­liver can­dles.

They do ask that can­dles be paid for up front.

Tipton en­joys host­ing fundrais­ers and is willing to help out church groups, cheer, gym­nas­tics, bands, schools day­cares or other groups that would like to part­ner with her.

She loves that her can­dle­mak­ing hobby and her ca­reer as a chi­ro­prac­tor al­low her to help peo­ple.

She loves what she does.

As a chi­ro­prac­tor, she loves that she gets to make peo­ple feel bet­ter and help their bod­ies to heal nat­u­rally.

“It is re­ward­ing,” she said.

Chi­ro­prac­tic Health Cen­ter of Bryant is lo­cated at 23253 In­ter­state 30 in Bryant in the Bryant Plaza. Can­dles or or­der forms can be picked up from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day, Wednesday and Thurs­day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tues­day and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fri­day. They close for lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The prac­tice will be closed July 4 and 5. The phone num­ber is 501-8477246.

“We hope Tyler gets bet­ter and makes a full re­cov­ery,” Tipton said.

ELISHA MORRISON/ The Sa­line Courier

Dr. Mi­randa Tipton, left, and chi­ro­prac­tic as­sis­tant Robyn Bax­ley are work­ing to­gether to sup­port a lo­cal young boy, Tyler Buck, bat­tling cancer by sell­ing hand­poured can­dles at Chi­ro­prac­tic Health Cen­ter of Bryant.

Spe­cial to the Sa­line Courier

Tyler Buck, 10, is cur­rently in Houston, Texas, get­ting chemo­ther­apy treatments and pre­par­ing for a bone mar­row trans­plant.

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