Supporters are rallying to support two longtime Payson families dealing with serious medical challenges.
Destry Haught is facing expensive medical treatment for an injury to his eye working with cattle and Mike Henderson faces expensive treatments for cancer.
Destry, 42, son of Joe Haught and Mimi, suffered his injuries in a range-roping accident. A cow he was tying down reared back and hit Destry under the chin. He felt something behind his eye, but continued with his work.
The next day, he roped a cow and dallied onto his saddle horn when his horse went to bucking and reared. The cow took his rope and wound up the horse’s legs, throwing both the horse and Destry to the ground.
Still caught, the cow then plowed into Destry, who suffered many bruises and a blow that detached the retina of the right eye.
He has since had several surgeries to save his eyesight and may need more. He cannot work or return home due to the pressure the altitude causes to his injured eye. He has no medical insurance.
In addition, Mike Henderson, 38, son of Fred and Jeanne, was diagnosed with Stage 4, B-cell lymphoma cancer on Jan. 5. On Jan. 9, he received his first chemotherapy treatment in Phoenix. His lymphatic system, blood, bone marrow, organs and lungs were all under attack. On March 12, Mike will undergo his fourth chemo treatment here in Payson at the Oncology Center at PRMC. He is responding well to treatment under the wonderful Dr. Kasper. He does have insurance, with a $6,000 deductible. Each treatment could cost as much as $70,000. Mike may need as many as eight treatments, possibly followed by stem cell procedures to replace his bone marrow.
Mike and Destry’s friends in Young, Payson, Globe, Tonto Basin, Phoenix, Show Low and all of the Rim Country have come to their aid. A community auction was held for them in Young on Sunday, Feb. 10 with great success. Friends donated a range-grown, grain-finished beef for the raffle, selling tickets at The Lemon Tree hair salon, Bob’s Western Wear, Payson Feed and the Rim Country Hay and Grain feed store in Payson. Friends also sold tickets at the Butcher Hook in Tonto Basin and locations in Phoenix and Show Low. Mike’s mom, Jeanne, sold tickets every day at Safeway until the Feb. 26 drawing at Cowboy Church in Young.
Thank you to all who purchased tickets from any of these gracious people and businesses for your chance to win the beef and help these young men get started on paying their astronomical medical bills.
The winner of the first half of beef was Gary Asmus of Phoenix, who was on a Sunday drive and stopped for lunch at the Antlers restaurant in Young where he purchased his ticket. Bonnie Stidman of Globe was the winner of the second half of beef. Congratulations to both of these folks for their contributions to our sons.
A special account has been set up for Mike at Wells Fargo bank under the name of FBO (For Benefit Of) Michael Henderson.
Thank you to everyone who has given of your time, kindness and love for Mike and Destry, your prayers mean the world to them.