The Cattle Baron’s Ball is an event held across the country. The event benefits the American Cancer Society.
This year’s event in Amarillo is on Saturday, November 4.
Events like these help families like the Hinkle’s.
“The story starts with Heather’s diagnosis. She was diagnosed in February of 2006 with a pancreatic tumor. We contacted a local physician and they did a resection, they cut it out and after that everything was fine. Four months later our oldest had just turned four and he was diagnosed with Leukemia,” Josh Hinkle said.
It took the next three and a half years for Josh’s son’s Leukemia to be treated. For 7 years, the Hinkle family went on living life, thinking of cancer as an afterthought, a memory, and something they hoped would never come back.
In 2013, Heather was rediagnosed.
“After three rounds of chemotherapy, four clinical trials, and 31 doses of x-ray therapy, her tumor had not responded. I came home from work and she was barely responsive. We took her into the hospital on a Wednesday afternoon, Friday afternoon we transferred her to hospice and Sunday morning she died a most peaceful death,” Hinkle explained.
Both Josh and Heather devoted their time to volunteer with the Cattle Baron’s Ball, Little Baron’s Ball, and other events benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Hinkle said, “The Cattle Baron’s Ball was one of those things that she felt very passionately about and would give up other things in favor of that Cattle Baron’s Ball.”
Josh continues to volunteer for the Cattle Baron’s Ball. He enjoys working behind the scenes setting up and tearing down.
For more information on the Cattle Baron’s Ball visit their website or call the Amarillo American Cancer Society at 806-353-4306.