Jayme's Story

Support from Texas Oncology Foundation came in the nick of time for Jayme David.

A single mother in Pilot Point, Texas, Jayme noticed a lump on a lymph node in her neck in February 2013. Several doctor visits later, Jayme received a diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer, which had invaded her lymph nodes. As she juggled multiple jobs and continued working toward completing her undergraduate degree, it became more and more difficult to make ends meet.

“I can’t describe that feeling of relief when I found out I got a grant through the Texas Oncology Foundation,” said Jayme. “The support of the Foundation allowed me to pay my mortgage, as well as my phone and electric bills that month.”

A year after her diagnosis, following a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, Jayme was declared cancer-free.

The benefactor responsible for the grant that helped support Jayme is a fellow cancer patient. It was important to Bill Joplin, owner of Joplin’s Air Conditioning and Heating, that his company’s support would benefit patients in his community:

“When you hear that word, 'cancer,' your life changes. You’re overwhelmed with making important decisions. As a fourth-generation resident of McKinney, Texas, I was aware of a tremendous unmet need within my community and the surrounding areas for aid for these patients,” said Bill. “My company makes a major charitable contribution once per year, and having seen the work of the Texas Oncology Foundation firsthand, it was an easy selection to direct our gift toward the Foundation.”

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