By Terri Carlson
The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation gets petitions for help from all over the world. The majority of these requests come through the Foundation’s website (rtmaf.org). I review each request to see if it falls within our mission statement, “To provide life-saving medical treatments and surgeries to those who have no medical insurance or other means to pay for their care.” Regardless of whether or not we can help we respond to each request promptly and with respect. If we determine this is a life-saving situation, we follow up with the family to gather all medical information.
When the information has been received we talk with our medical Advisory Board to determine which hospital/doctor would be the most appropriate to handle the case. We then contact the hospital to get estimates for the treatment and to negotiate favorable financial arrangements. When all paperwork is complete the pending case goes to Mr. Tye for approval. Most cases are urgent and immediate action is needed to save a life. The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation is unique in its ability and willingness to make decisions within a matter of days; at this point the family and the hospital can be notified, travel arrangements can be made and the process of saving a life has begun.
The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation stays involved throughout the patient’s journey. Mr. Tye enjoys meeting patients and their families after they have recovered from their treatments and it is rewarding to see these patients go on to live full, normal lives.
I have discovered how amazing it is that people from all over the world can work together to save a life. Even if there is only the slightest chance that a life can be saved, The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation takes that chance. An example is a case we had this year that touched my soul. The Foundation refused to give up on a child who everyone thought would not survive and because of this determination the child not only pulled through but has no residual effects of the traumatic illness that plagued his young life. This child was a true inspiration to us all. The story was featured on CNN and that day the Foundation received 95 heartfelt comments from people around the world and contributions of over $9,000.00!
Working with The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation has made me realize how fortunate I really am. Words cannot express the feeling I get while on the job with each case from beginning to end. I am humbled and gratified to be part of this great work. While attending a memorial service for a friend recently, the priest said something that had a big impact on me. He said, “The only thing that matters at the end of the day, the only thing, is the good that you do.” Those are words that I live by now. I am so proud to be part of The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation because that’s what they do on a daily basis. I am a better person because of The Ray Tye Medical Aid Foundation.
“We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction.
– Douglas MacArthur