Ada already suffers from a rare, debilitating disease that changed her life forever. Meniere’s disease, a disease of the inner ear, has left Ada disabled with many challenges and, therefore, has been unable to work for the last 10 years. This has already placed an emotional and financial burden on Ada and Drew.
Ada is a person who has a vibrant and warm personality. She surrounds her life with family, including her two sisters and her father, many nieces and nephews, along with her husband’s family, that are so fond of her.
Ada had a mammogram with results showing positive for high fiber density on her right breast on June 28th, 2017. This was followed up by another mammogram and an ultrasound on July 17th. Two small masses, about the size of a pencil eraser were found at that time. After a biopsy, Ada was told on August 4th that one of the masses was cancerous. Plans were initially made for a lumpectomy, as results were awaited from a BCRA test. A breast cancer (BRCA) gene test is a blood test to check for changes (mutations) in genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2. This test can help find out the chance of getting breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Unfortunately this test came back positive BRCA1, showing that Ada was at a very increased risk for more breast cancer and ovarian cancer. This devastating news resulted in the heartbreaking decision to do a double mastectomy. This was done on September 5th. The surgeons also removed two lymph nodes at that time and one was found to be cancerous, indicating that the cancer was already spreading. It was then decided to proceed with additional lymph node surgery, which was done on October 3. Out of the 9 lymph nodes removed, no additional cancer was found. This was certainly good news, after so much bad news.
Due to Ada’s BCRA results, the radiologist has recommended radiation treatments, to reduce the risk of the cancer returning. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy, as a follow-up to the surgery. Though there is some insurance, there are a lot of co-pays and the insurance will not cover all of the care that Ada will require. The medical bills are already coming in and with future expenses, the estimate is that it will take tens of thousands of dollars to cover the treatments.
Her expenses will be for lab work, diagnostic procedures and tests, 2 surgeries, breast reconstruction, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and other medications and supplies as needed.
As a result, there is a clear need for financial assistance for Ada and Drew. The estimated bills will likely amount to nearly $50,000. This is an impossible sum for them. They are asking for help from the compassionate giving of friends, family, and any who are aware of the difficulties of a battle with breast cancer.
Ada and Drew sincerely thank you for your kind consideration!
Ada and Drew Baird
Ada with her sisters and niece:
Left to right: Marlene Garcia (Ada's sister), Kelly Mast
(Ada's niece), Maritza Delgado (Ada's sister), Ada Baird
Ada with her father, Oscar Garcia.
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