Making a Difference
Chiropractor selling candles to help child with leukemia
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.
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.
Tyler Buck, 10, is currently in Houston, Texas, getting chemotherapy treatments and preparing for a bone marrow transplant.