Oil Change Fundraiser For Family With Son In Cancer Treatment
Malachi Trimble was just 10 years old when he was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2010. After living at the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle and getting treatment for 10 months, Malachi was cancer free for almost six years.
"We were actually at our visit where they were transitioning from treatment to cancer survivorship. They did some blood tests that they routinely do and we got a call back later saying that they wanted to test further. Within a week he was back here at Children's Hospital and had actually relapsed," said Malachi's father, Tom Trimble.
Tom is a pastor at City Church in Kennewick. He said it is all still surreal. Malachi has now started the same treatment process all over again.
"You think it's in your rearview mirror, you think it's done and over with and then you're sitting in the room again you've got the doctors telling you the same stuff they did before and you just kind of go on autopilot," said Tom Trimble.
360 Automotive and Repair owner Robert LaLonde has been going to City Church for over a decade and organized an oil change event last Saturday with all proceeds going to the the Trimble family.
LaLonde said it just felt like the right this to do.
"As a business owner there's a lot of times that we get caught up in business it's an opportunity we have the facilities to do this for them," said LaLonde.
Community member also donated items for a five dollar raffle, hoping to help with travel expenses during Malachi's next two years of treatment in Seattle.
"As a pastor I'm used to being on the other end of that stuff. I get a little choked up talking about it it's just not where we usually are and it's just really humbling feeling like somebody cares enough to help you out," said Trimble.
The event took place Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All proceeds from oil changes, food and raffle ticket sales will go to the Trimble family.
This article originally apperaed on kvewtv.com