Who are we?
Tyler Merriman was our amazing son. He passed away in December of 2014. He fought tirelessly for four year until he could fight no more. This corporation is based on a legacy his legacy and the love for others who fought with Tyler everyday. It is a corporation focused on a very real need in rural cancer centers. We saw first hand, people leave or delay treatment because of the financial and emotional burdens of being away from home. Because out-of-pocket expenses for rural cancer patients are five times more than cancer patients in urban areas, we will provide assistance for our rural neighbors, families and friends who are fighting cancer by providing gas cards and hotel assistance.
Although, we were lucky to have people help pay the staggering out -of-pocket expenses, we were still away from our jobs, away from family and our home for weeks at a time. It was our regional cancer care team that helped us navigate treatment options, collaborated with other urban cancer care facilities and provided supportive care throughout Tyler’s four year battle. This amazing and professional team embraced us and saved us countless miles on the road and nights away from home
Everyday, the Mercy Cancer Center in Ada, Oklahoma does it’s best to help all patients navigate the complicated paths of cancer treatment. They often spend their own money to help with patients travels. They continually strive to build a full time oncology staff with the latest most up to date treatments options available. This team and teams like them across the country need a champion dedicated solely to helping people in rural America get to the treatment they need. The Team Tyman Love Legacy Corp is that team. With your help, we can offer much needed assistance and keep people in the fight and feeling supported.
How do we get a gas card or hotel room?
At this time, we are working with rural cancer care centers in the Oklahoma area to distribute gas cards and hotel accommodations. They will be our contact and connection to the patient. When the area cancer care teams define a specific patient need, we will do our best to assist with the need for the patient as quickly as possible.
What You Should Know
- You or your family member must have a patient number and be receiving treatment for cancer.
- The patient must be traveling over 25 miles for treatment.
- Your regional cancer center must contact the Team Tyman Love Legacy Corp on your behalf and request assistance. They will have our contact information but you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- The gift card will be mailed or hand delivered by the cancer care professionals at the cancer center or by a Team Tyman Love Legacy Associate in your area.
- Each patient traveling for treatment can receive support for travel through TTLLC gift cards. (Gift amounts are formulated individually by distance traveled and number of treatments.) Any gifts exceeding 500 dollars will be decided by a majority vote of the TTLLC board of director
- There will NOT be an income requirement nor endless red tape for patients. As a cancer patient or loved one, you already have enough paperwork.
- We would like permission to share your story on social media but we will respect your privacy if you would like to keep your story private.
- As we grow, we will partner with more regional and rural cancer centers in Oklahoma and other states, but for now we will focus on our home town area in Oklahoma. We hope you will give us a chance to show you what we can do for our rural neighbors. Please give.
How is Team TyMan Love Legacy Corp different?
Cancer research is so important and new breakthroughs save lives everyday. We absolutely cheer for our champions at the American Cancer Society and many other organizations for their research mission.We need better treatment options and we definitely need a cure. And while they are making breakthroughs in cancer care, the Team Tyman Love Legacy Corporation will make sure your dollars go directly to patients to help alleviate worry and assist with out-of-pocket expenses.
At the Team Tyman Love Legacy Corp, eighty-eight percent of all funds help with out-of-pocket expenses for rural cancer patients fighting cancer in your local area. The dollars stay close to home.
We partner with the cancer experts to eliminate the red tape of assistance applications, protect patients’ records and require no lengthy applications
or proof of income requirements. Paperwork can be overwhelming sometimes. If you are receiving treatment at a regional cancer clinic, you are already in our network.
We are also excited about future joint ventures with Team Tyman Corporate partners and our area regional cancer centers foundations. They understand what this assistance means to their communities, patients and they are willing to help us, help people!
Why champion rural cancer patients?
- For people living in rural and regional areas, cancer care net out-of-pocket expenses are five times higher than those living in urban areas.
- Rural cancer patients have a greater level of anxiety and distress and emotional concerns than those cancer patients living in urban areas because they are away from home.
- A recent study discussed the trend in cancer patients foregoing healthcare after cancer treatment due to costs. The report suggested that cancer survivors in rural areas over the age of 65 were more likely than their urban counterparts to forgo follow-up cancer care because of cost. The author of this article hears often from physicians in rural or small communities that they frequently have to convince patients to travel for cancer care due to the cost. It is not unusual for the closest cancer center offering standard chemotherapy and radiation therapy to be 90 – 250 miles away.
- 36% of new cancer cases are diagnosed in rural regional areas.
- In some cases, people choose the type of treatment they will have based not on want is needed but on the proximately to their home and some refuse treatment all together.
- Rural cancer patients are 35% more likely to die within five years of diagnosis than patients in large cities, despite the breakthroughs in cancer treatments.
- Survival rate is lower in lower socioeconomic areas when compared to areas of higher socioeconomic status
- Expenses such as gas, transportation, hotel accommodations drive rural patients’ decisions for treatment.