On the Weekend of the 20th Anniversary of the OKC Bombing, Local Mixed Martial Artists Use Their Talent to “Knock-Out” Debt for Some of the Youngest Survivors

On the Weekend of the 20th Anniversary of the OKC Bombing, Local Mixed Martial Artists Use Their Talent to “Knock-Out” Debt for Some of the Youngest Survivors

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On the Weekend of the 20th Anniversary of the OKC Bombing, Local Mixed Martial Artists Use Their Talent to “Knock-Out” Debt for Some of the Youngest Survivors

WHAT: Twenty years after the Oklahoma City bombing one family say the financial loss still haunts them. Brandon and Rebecca Denny are two out of only six child survivors from the American Kids Daycare on the second floor of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.   After the bombing, Brandon spent several months in intensive care and a rehabilitation center before going home. He has a permanent shunt in the back of his head and now also suffers from seizures.  Rebecca required three surgeries before being released from the hospital after 10 days.

Brandon’s rehabilitation schedule forced Jim Denny to quit his job as a shop foreman.   “He had rehab three times a week and we needed to be there for our children to give them every opportunity for a fair shake at life,” said Denny.    “Thankfully McVeigh didn’t take our children’s lives, but he murdered our family financially; a double-dose of terrorism.  When I figured it up, we lost about $500,000 in salary between Claudia and I being off work to take care of Brandon and Becca. We had to sell our home in 2002; we moved to an apartment for a while and now rent a small home.”

On the weekend of the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing Rage in the Cage OKC, a local mixed martial arts promotion will have a fundraising event for The Denny Family.

Over two dozen mixed martial artists from Oklahoma and surrounding states will donate their talents to raise funds to help the Denny family get out of debt.

The Denny Family as well as several fighters participating in the event will be available for Media Day scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, 2015 beginning at 7:30 PM at Academy of Martial Arts located at 629 SW 89th St. in OKC.

ABOUT US: As one of the oldest Oklahoma MMA promotions, Rage in the Cage Oklahoma has served as the proving ground for dozens of stars in the MMA world. Rage in the Cage Oklahoma has held a promoter’s license for 14 years with the Oklahoma State Boxing Commission.

WHEN: MEDIA DAY:  Wed. April 8, at 7:30 PM at 629 SW 89th in OKC (The Denny’s. RITC staff and fighters will be available for interviews and photos).

EVENT: Friday, April 17, 2015 @ 8 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)

WHERE:  OKC’s Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein Ave. in OKC

COST: General Admission:  $30.00, Premium: $40.00, VIP Table: $60.00 per seat or $600 for table of 10.   Tickets may be purchased at any Metro Party Galaxy location or atwww.Ticketstorm.com 

CONTACT:  Michael Crawford @ (405)630-9719 or emailkimbershafer@aol.com

·         For more information about Rage in the Cage please visit: https://www.facebook.com/Rageinthecageoklahoma

 

·         MEDIA:  To schedule media interviews with any member of the Denny family or with fighters donating their time and talent to raise funds for this family please contact Kimber Shafer at (405) 990-8958 or atkimbershafer@aol.com

·         Video is available on the Rage in the Cage OKC You Tube Channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZBhXXoB3s_vpVgv2r2wrfQ

 Fight card RITC 36-updated April 2
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Oklahoma Mixed Martial Arts Promotion to Benefit Youngest Survivors of OKC Bombing

By:  Kimber Shafer

 

Scars that will never repair, years of intensive surgeries and therapy – the lives of so many changed in a matter of seconds.   Oklahoma will never forget April 19, 1995; we will not forget the tragedies of that day along with the miraculous stories of survival.

It was 9:02 AM, Brandon Denny, 3, and his younger sister Rebecca, 2, were sitting at a table at The America’s Kids Daycare located on the second floor of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.  A yellow rental truck pulled up just outside the daycare, the top of the truck sat just 5 feet from the daycare window.  The bomb was detonated and tragedy unfolded, 168 lives lost and countless others with injuries that would change the course of their life forever.

“Both of our children survived,” said Jim Denny.  “For a moment I felt guilty like which child could I give up so another could survive.  In 1995 Brandon had four major brain surgeries.  For the first 4 months, doctors didn’t know if he’d live.”

Brandon and Rebecca are two out of only six child survivors from the American Kids Daycare.  Fifteen of their classmate perished that day.    Brandon spent more than 100 days in intensive care and a rehabilitation center before going home. His stay at home lasted 3 weeks before a brain infection required him to return to ICU for nearly a month.   Brandon has a permanent shunt in the back of his head and also suffers from seizures.

Rebecca’s injuries were not as severe as her brothers.  The blast embedded glass, cement and plastic in her body. She required three surgeries before being released from the hospital after 10 days.

Brandon’s rehabilitation schedule forced Jim Denny to quit his job as a shop foreman.   “He had rehab three times a week and we needed to be there for our children to give them every opportunity for a fair shake at life,” said Denny.    “Thankfully McVeigh didn’t take our children’s lives, but he murdered our family financially; a double-dose of terrorism.  When I figured it up, we lost about $500,000 in salary between Claudia and I being off work to take care of Brandon and Becca. We had to sell our home in 2002; we moved to an apartment for a while and now rent a small home.”

Thankfully Brandon and Rebecca’s education and medical costs have been offset through financial assistance from The Oklahoma City Community Foundation and The American Red Cross but the salary they lost from Jim Denny taking off work for 11 years has taken a huge financial toll on the family.

Brandon’s injuries are still very apparent 19 years later.   “He lost some brain tissue and they told us if he did live he’d never walk or talk again.   Thankfully he is walking but a little impaired.  He also has some trouble carrying on a conversation,” said Denny.  “He’s smart, graduated from high school four years ago but we don’t know yet what the future holds for Brandon.  We hope to enroll him in Oklahoma City Community College at some point down the road.”

Rebecca is now a junior at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and planning a June 2015 wedding.

On the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing Rage in the Cage OKC, a local mixed martial arts promotion will have a fundraising event to help “knock-out” debt for the Denny family.

“It’s an honor to help this family.  They’ve been on our media director Kimber Shafer’s heart since she worked at News 9 back during Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols’ trials,” said Mike Crawford, Owner/Rage in the Cage OKC.  “We are so blessed to have this opportunity and we believe Oklahoma’s MMA community and other Oklahomans that want to help will come out in full force to make this event a success.”

Rage in the Cage 36: OKC Bombing Tribute will take place at the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein Ave. in OKC, 8pm, Friday, April 17, 2015.   Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketstorm.com or any metro Party Galaxy location.

For more information about Rage in the Cage OKC, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/Rageinthecageoklahoma

If you would like to make a donation to the Denny family, please send checks or money orders made out to Jim Denny to Rage in the Cage OKC, P.O. Box 76092, Oklahoma City, OK 73147.

Kimber Shafer
Media Consultant
(405) 990-8958
kimbershafer@aol.com
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