Mar 27, 2013 10:30 AM by Tracy Wirtz
Tuesday is the big day! Tickets for the 2013 St. Jude Dream Home go on sale. But it's also a big day for one young lady from Eunice High School. As we here in Acadiana help the doctors and researchers at St. Jude continue their life saving work by buying those tickets, 17-year-old Bailie Reed will begin the next round of a long fight.
Bailie looks like a typical high school junior, but she is far from typical. She has been fighting an inoperable brain tumor since she was two. It's a battle that got even more fierce this January when a routine check-up revealed that the tumor had grown significantly.
She was diagnosed at the age of 2. Doctors managed to shrink the tumor with chemo and radiation by the time she was 4. She returned to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis for regular screenings to make sure it stayed the same size. Once it grew, doctors knew they needed to act fast.
In February, Bailie began in a clinical trial on an oral chemo that she did not respond well to. It caused damage to her major organs, so they opted to stop that treatment.
She and her mother are returning to Memphis. On the same day tickets for the Dream Home go on sale, she will receive a port and begin a two-year chemotherapy protocol that will hopefully shrink the tumor, called a ganglioglioma which is on her hypothalymus, and get her on a road to recovery and a normal life.
Her mom, Gwen, says Bailie has grown up at St. Jude. She takes comfort in knowing they are doing all they can to help Bailie. She say she has "100% faith in St. Jude."
All we have to do is buy our tickets to make sure they can keep doing their jobs so children like Bailie can continue their fight.