Program information is displayed at the following participating facilities, and nurse practitoners and financial counselors will assist patients needing help with fuel costs:
Parkview Regional Cancer Center, 11141 Parkview Plaza Drive, (260) 266-9100
Fort Wayne Medical Oncology, 11143 Parkview Plaza Drive
Lutheran Cancer Resource Center of the Lutheran campus, 7910 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 109 (260) 435-7959
Radiation Oncology Associates, PC, 7910 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 110 (260) 436-4116
Donations to the Pat Dyer Fund can be sent to Parkview Hospital, 11143 Parkview Plaza Drive, Suite 100, Fort Wayne, IN 46845, or through www.patdyermemorialfund.org.
A 226-mile bike tour July 16-19 by Livestrong will benefit the Pat Dyer Fund.
When Bud Dyer's wife, Pat, was undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer, they heard often the stories of other cancer patients who sometimes had to miss treatments because they couldn't afford the money for gas. The couple saw that they were lucky to have insurance and a way to pay for nonmedical costs related to Pat's treatment. The couple, who lost their only child, Jenee', in 1995 to leukemia after a six-year struggle, decided to fill the gap others faced by buying gas cards and having oncology staff give them to patients in need.
After Pat's death in 2005, Bud continued to drop off gas cards to the oncology unit.
On Saturday at the Fort Wayne Country Club, the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, honored Dyer with its community service award.
Dyer fulfilled a promise to his wife and founded the Pat Dyer Memorial Fund, which helps low-income cancer patients offset the fuel costs incurred during their frequent chemotherapy and radiation treatments, therapies, and doctor appointments.
The Pat Dyer Memorial Fund board plans to expand the fund's scope to provide other services that cancer patients and their families can't find elsewhere.