Benefit helps support Mackey family

Mackey Benefit for Leukemia

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Kendra Julian wants to give the Mackey family a day they can look forward to. For more than two years, the Mackeys spent a lot of their time in the hospital as two of their three children, Claire and Patrick, fought leukemia.

Claire succumbed to the disease in 2011, and Patrick last year in December

“My mom and I had this idea to make something great and larger than life for this family to look forward to,” Julian said.

Julian, who has never met the Mackeys, will help host the Mackey Benefit for Leukemia at Central Catholic Junior Senior High School on Saturday, April 5. All the proceeds will go to the Mackey family.

Even though Julian has never met Joe and Tammi Mackey, and their surviving son Connor, she said their story is something you can’t ignore.

“My mom, several years ago, gave a benefit for my best friend who died of cancer, and my dad works with Joe Mackey,” Julian said. “So, between all of that we just really wanted to give back. Any time a family has to go through this, you want to give back.

Julian is not the only one.

The first half of the day will include a craft show and flea market. More than 90 vendors agreed to come to the benefit. Some are coming to Lafayette from as far away as Ohio.

Then, a dinner will take place with some celebrity volunteers.

“Our dinner will be with celebrity servers,” Julian said. “We have Gina Quattrocci, Mayor Tony Roswarski, Trent Johnson, Nate Barrett, Clayton Richard and Curtis Painter.”

The event lasts from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It costs $2 to get in and dinner is $5.

Julian graduated from McCutcheon High School. The Mackeys went to Central Catholic. She said they may have gone to two different high schools, but they are part of one community.

Julian would like to thank all the businesses who have donated to the benefit, including K-105 who created ads for the event. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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