Pasadena woman turns to Ted for help with radiotherapy appointments

PASADENA, Texas (KTRK) – Mary Bayles was visiting her daughter in Pasadena for her 86th birthday when she had to go to the emergency room. She said she had had stomach problems for a while, but her family didn’t know how bad it was until they saw her with their own eyes.

After being examined by doctors, Bayles was diagnosed with endometrial cancer and her health was declining, she left her hometown to live with her daughter in Pasadena.

Bayles told ABC13’s Ted Oberg: “I’m used to cooking and … doing a lot of things.

The family bought a hospital bed to make Bayles feel more comfortable at home. But because Bayles says she can’t sit upright, she can’t get to her appointments by car or public transport.

Her daughter said the family paid for transportation for her first few radiation treatments at Methodist Hospital in downtown Houston.

“They would come and get me out of bed and take me to a gala,” Bayles said.

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However, with each transportation estimated at $500 a day, radiation therapy five days a week, as her doctor wanted, was not an option. With her credit card depleted, Bayles’ daughter said she considered taking out a home loan. She said the family could not afford to pay.

“The great news is that cancer treatments are better than ever, but if you miss them or if you can’t finish them, we don’t want anything to stand between the cancer patient and being able to do it. completed the treatment and had Letitia Thompson, the American Cancer Society’s Vice President of Regional Cancer Control for the Southern Region, say the most successful outcome they could.

After reaching out to various organizations for help, Bayles’ daughter saw Ted’s story on her Facebook and got in touch.

We called the American Cancer Society, and they immediately understood the unique care Bayles needed. Within a few days, they found a sponsor who would pay for all of her trips to the hospital for radiation therapy.

Thompson told us, “The conventional transportation resources we were able to provide didn’t meet her needs, and at the American Cancer Society, we consider every cancer patient’s need to be. Mail is unique and we respond as much as possible. “In her case, needing that ambulance and having it five days a week for the duration of her treatment is just something that’s going to be difficult for her family.”

When we told her about the good news, Bayles said her daughter, “come here crying and saying we’ve got help.”

“We know that there are cancer patients where simply having money for treatment or staying in a hotel for treatment can make it impossible for them to get treatment on time or complete all of their treatment,” Thompson said. mine. “We feel very honored that we were able to work in the Houston community and look at the different donors and different organizations that we know and were able to find someone who could help us. find funds to help Mary and her family.”

Bayles completed radiation therapy in January and said it was successful. Now, she’s trying to build up her strength to be able to get out of the hospital-style bed in her daughter’s living room.

“I miss that more than anything,” Bayles said.

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