Friends organize card drives for Megan, Bailey
Published 1:40 am Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Christmas card campaigns have been organized for two young Andalusia women who are battling cancer.
Megan Kelley has just been released from UAB Hospital, where she’s fighting leukemia and recovering from a bone marrow transplant.
Bailey Byrd is scheduled to have her second stem cell transplant in January.
Megan’s mom, Donna Kelley, said Megan, who just got out of the hospital, will remain in Birmingham for at least 100 days, living in an apartment in Homewood. Megan will have doctor visits three days per week.
Megan was diagnosed with, treated for, and overcame Ewings Sarcoma during her senior year at AHS. However, after enrolling at LBW this fall, she was diagnosed with leukemia, a side effect of treatments for her original cancer.
Cards to Megan Kelley can be mailed to : Kelley family, Apt.# 328, 1840 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209
Byrd was diagnosed in May of 2013 with a rare form of ovarian cancer, juvenile granulosa cell tumor.
She has had a stem cell transplant, and was at home in Andalusia. However, her mom, Pam Byrd, said Friday that Bailey was in severe pain, and the cause could not be determined.
On Monday, Bailey was in the emergency room again, and on Tuesday, Pilots for Christ flew them to Houston in hopes that doctors can identify the source of her pain.
The family hopes to be home again before Christmas, but is scheduled to return to Houston on Jan. 3 to begin testing for the second stem cell transplant.
The address for Bailey Byrd is: Bailey Byrd, P.O. Box 863,
Andalusia Ala 36420.
Organizers of each campaign have asked those so inclined to include a gift of a $1, or a gift card to help the families with the expenses incurred.
Both moms said the cards and notes really lift their daughters’ spirits.