Bailey's Journey


Bailey Byrd’s journey began on March 24, 2013. At twenty-one years old, Bailey was diagnosed with Juvenile Granulosa Cell Tumor, a very rare form of ovarian cancer. It is so rare that only 3% of the population has ever had it, and most doctors have never seen and will never see a case.

Bailey was experiencing pain in her right side. Her doctor sent her to the emergency room. He thought she had an appendicitis. After running a few tests, it was determined that she had a 9 cm mass laying on her right ovary and uterus. Surgery to remove the mass confirmed her family’s worst fear, the tumor was malignant. When the final pathology report came back they learned, not only was the tumor malignant, the cancer had spread to he peritoneal lining in her pelvic area.

After many prayers and consultations, it was decided that MD Anderson in Houston, Texas was where she needed to go for treatment. In July, Bailey made the trip to Houston and met with her doctor there. There is very little information and research on Juvenile Granulosa Cancer, and no proven cure or treatment . The doctors at MD Anderson confirmed this information, but felt they could come up with a treatment that would work.

Bailey has finished two rounds of chemotherapy. She has five days of in-hospital treatment every two weeks. On September 4th, she returned to start her third round of treatment. After meeting with the doctor, he determined they would have to stop treatments. Bailey is experiencing hearing loss caused by one of the three chemotherapy medicines she is taking. The doctors are monitoring her hearing loss, and trying to come up with a new plan.

Because Juvenile Granulosa Cancer is so rare, all treatments are experimental, which can be very frustrating. Bailey is hoping to start treatment again next week, but at the moment it is unknown what her treatment will be or for how long. Many people have asked how Bailey and her family deal with such uncertainties with this cancer, and they always answer with, “We give it all to God, and we have faith he is going to heal our precious girl.”

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

It's at times like this that friends and acquaintances want to help but really don't know

what to do. We have put together an on-line fundraiser for Bailey so that we can ease

her financial burden in some way. My name is Lori McMinn and Bailey was one of my son's classmates in high school. I am an Independent Stylist with Stella & Dot, a fabulous

and affordable jewelry and accessories company. I have seen great success with this type of online fundraisers for others.

So here's how it works - we have chosen a few items from Stella & Dot that have special

meaning to give love, light, hope and prayers to Bailey while she is recovering from this

difficult ordeal. These can be worn or shared/gifted to others as a reminder to send

healing thoughts and prayers to Bailey. While these items have special meaning - Stella &

Dot has a huge selection of fabulous jewelry and accessories. Think about gift giving opportunities you have coming up. All purchases will go to this fundraiser! I am donating

100% of my proceeds to Bailey to be used to help ease the financial burden. Please simply click here to view the website and to place your order.

Should you have any questions or would like help in placing your order, please feel free to email me at and I will be happy to help. This fundraiser will stay

open until October 21, 2013 so please pass this along to any family or

friends who you think might want to help.


Lori McMinn

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