Bingo and silent auction benefit Truckee boy |

Bingo and silent auction benefit Truckee boy

A bingo benefit and silent auction will be held on Friday, Sept. 24, to help support 2-year-old Zachary McKinney, a Truckee boy who is critically ill with stage four lymphoma.

Zachary, who is the son of Terri McKinney and Doug Hanham and grandchild of Rob and Jeannie McCarthy, is being treated at the Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento.

His family was hoping to bring him home with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, but found out earlier this week that Zachary must have a bone marrow transplant for a 50 percent chance of survival.

Both parents are being tested for a possible match this week and if they don’t match, other family members will be tested and then Zachary will be put on a donor list.

“He has a long road ahead of him,” said Lori Heath, friend of the family. “These next few months are important. This family needs our love and support.”

The benefit will be held at the Truckee Recreation Center at 6 p.m.

Bingo cards cost $10. A Mexican dinner is available for $6 and drinks for $1.

Free childcare will be provided.

Auction items and prizes

Some of the silent auction items and prizes include, a one-week stay in Mazatlan, Mexico at the Gold Crown Resort, shows at the Reno Hilton, a one-night stay at the Resort at Squaw Creek, a two-night stay at the Truckee Hotel, golf passes for four at the Ponderosa Golf Ranch, two-night lodging at the new Holiday Inn in Truckee, two reproductions of Tom Sweeney’s paintings, NFL items, ski tickets and much more.

A living trust has been set up at Bank of the West in the name of Jeannie McCarthy to help the family during their time of need.

Donations needed

Heath is looking for donations by local merchants for prizes and the silent auction as well as volunteers.

If interested, contact Lori at 582-1059.

Organizers would like to thank Mike Diaz of Taco Station for contributing food and Safeway for providing drinks.

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