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April 14, 2014

Edmond mixed-martial artists raising money for bombing victims

OKLA. CITY — Nineteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing, one family says the financial loss still haunts them. Brandon and Rebecca Denny are two of only six child survivors from the American Kids Day Care 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 Jim Denny. “Thankfully our children’s lives weren’t taken, but the bombing 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 awhile and now rent a small home.”

On the 19th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing Rage in the Cage OKC, a local mixed martial arts promotion, will be having a fundraising event with 100 percent of all proceeds to be given to the Denny family.

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

The Oklahoma City Bombing Rage in the Cage OKC event will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Oklahoma City Farmer’s Public Market, 311 S. Klein Ave. in Oklahoma City. Tickets range from $25-$50 and can be ordered on www.Ticketstorm.com.

 

MAIN EVENT

155 pounds: Ken Coulter, OKC VS. Shaun Bley, OKC

SEMI-MAIN EVENT

170 pounds: Julian Learned, Edmond vs. Nathan Trapinger, Norman

 undercard

1. 145: Robert Hoffman Altus vs. Jaben Barchue, OKC

2. 135: Cody King, Amarillo, Texas vs. Raymond Cox, Shawnee

3. 145: Mike Gonzolez, Amarillo, Texas vs. Carlos Garcia, Edmond

4. 125: Ben Cothran, Vernon, Texas vs. Jordan Tankersly, Ft. Smith, Ark.

5. 170: Arlyn Franco, Norman vs. Cheyenne Deathrage, Shawnee           

6. 145: Jermaine Neugent, Weatherford vs. Chris Dobbins, Wichita Falls, Texas

7. 155: Jacob Bell, Altus vs. Kevin Goodin, Edmond

8. Hvy: Shane Sobnosky, Amarillo, Texas vs. James Sizemore, Moore

9. 185: Eric Johnson, OKC vs. TBA

10. 145: Thomas Chandler, Tecumseh, vs. Justin Sizemore, Moore

11. 145: Eric Torres, Edmond vs. TBA

12. 155: Donald Maddox, Lawton vs. Justin Downing, Fort Worth

13. 170: Wade Smittle, Edmond vs. Kelvin Simpson, El Reno

14. 170: Kendrick Sloboh, Shawnee vs. Jeremy Garrett, Norman

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