McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

October 4, 2012

Saturday biker rally set to raise money to help Mcalester family

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER — On Saturday, a benefit bike run and rally is set to help the family of McAlester baby with severe heart defects.

A rally is set to begin at 2 p.m. at Life Church to help the baby’s family with ongoing medical expenses. The rally will follow a bike ride beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Del City.
Two-year-old Mackenna Faith Jones was born August 26, 2010, with a rare heart defect called Epstein’s Anomaly, according to Cindy Jones, the baby’s grandmother.
“She has several severe heart defects,” Jones said.
“When she was born, they gave her a less than one percent chance of survival.”
Against all odds, Mackenna survived. And after three open heart surgeries, her grandmother said. “She is beating the odds.“She’s amazes us because she has been such a miracle.” 
Mackenna is home now but with the ongoing medical care she needs, her mother, Alana Jones an intensive care register nurse at McAlester Regional Health Center said she won’t be able to return to work any time soon.
“She’s too sick for day-care and they are cutting back on her at home health  care,” her mother said.
Meanwhile, Mackenna underwent another procedure for a heart catheter earlier this week.
 “She’s tired now, but hopefully this will help her for the winter,”Alana Jones said.
To help with the expenses, a group of Christian bikers are gathering together for a rally and a bike run on Saturday.
“We are expecting groups from all over,” Cindy Jones said.
And she said the rally isn’t just for bikers
“The rally is for everyone, she said. You don’t have to be a biker, everyone can come this.”
“The meeting place for the 11:30 a.m. ride on Saturday is S.E. 15th St. and Sunny Lane in Del City,” Alana Jones said. 
“The group will head out towards McAlester at noon.”
Life Church is at 1300 South George Nigh Expressway.
For more information call 405-412-5448.

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Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.