OU Children’s Family Support Partner (Pediatric Oncology)
Tracy and her husband, John have been married for over 30 years. They were blessed with two beautiful children, Mitchell and Meredith. Meredith is 22. She recently graduated from Oklahoma State University and is currently living and working in Tulsa. In 2005 their son, Mitchell was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) at the age of 8. Mitchell endured extensive chemotherapy and many hospital stays and was declared in remission by January of 2007. In August of 2007, almost exactly 2 years to the date of his original diagnosis, Mitchell relapsed. Mitchell passed away a month later on September 27, 2007.
Over the course of his battle Mitchell had a warrior spirit. Mitchell’s determination to beat his condition inspired all those who knew him. His last words were “Keep Fighting!” In Mitchell’s honor, the Whitakers established the Go Mitch Go Foundation and to date have raised over 2 million dollars to fund cancer research and help families battling cancer. Tracy has a passion for families walking this journey and works for OFN to provide emotional support and other resources to help lessen the load. Tracy has established a mom's bereavement support group that meets monthly as well as a support group for families whose children are currently in treatment called Cultivating Connection that meets via zoom each month.