Friday fundraiser to help police reservist in cancer fight

By Richard Chase Special to the Durant Democrat

June 12, 2014

A benefit to help the Clayton Yarbrough family will be conducted noon-7 p.m. Friday in the parking area behind Billy Sim’s Barbecue on Main Street.

Yarbrough is a security supervisor at Choctaw Nation and has served in the Durant Police Reserves for the past nine years. He has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and is undergoing treatment. He just spent a week at the M.D. Anderson clinic in Houston for more tests to determine if he might have a rare form of lymphoma.
Proceeds from Friday’s event, being coordinated by Lisa McAdoo, will help the family with the rising costs of travel and related expenses.

Yarbrough’s wife, Ashley, works at Choctaw Nation. She has missed a lot of work since late last year when he hospitalized. The family has health insurance, but traveling to all the doctor appointments and related costs have drained the family financially.
“He has lost 70 pounds since last November,” said Ashley. “It’s very hard for him to live life every day, barely being able to breathe and wanting to interact with his two children, Colton, 6, and Adilyn, 3.”
More doctors are working on his case to determine what type lymphoma he has, and the recent trip to Houston should determine what they are facing. In the meantime, waiting on “the call” has the family living in a state of apprehension and hope.
Many activities are planned Friday, according to McAdoo. There will be a bounce house for children, silent auction, garage sale, bake sale, vendor’s food, blood drive and a money machine. Durant police will be selling bracelets in Yarbrough’s honor. All proceeds will go to help the family with upcoming and past expenses.
The event is sponsored by Advance America, a national company with an office in Durant. The company allows each office to sponsor a benefit per year in its community. Last year, the company organized an event to raise funds for animal rescue groups in Bryan County.