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Dallastown Teen Looks to his Community to Help Pay for a Life Changing Surgery

Skin Cancer

A Dallastown teen who was born with a rare condition is looking to his community for help.  Bailey May’s family is holding a benefit Saturday, September 29th beginning at 12 noon at Tailgaters in York Township.  May was born with Congenital Melanocytic Nevus. It is a rare condition that affects one in half a million newborns.  One of legs, from the knee down, is covered with a mole.  If the mole is not treated, Bailey could develop skin cancer.  A surgery to remove the majority of the mole is scheduled.  However, Bailey’s family doesn’t have the more than $15,000 needed to pay for the portion that is not covered by insurance.  In addition to the cost of the surgery, Bailey’s family must also have money for plane tickets as the surgery is being performed in Chicago, as well as money to stay in a hotel for 10 days and funding for food.

“We try to do it on our own but it's just too hard,” said Leigh Ness, Bailey’s mother.  “I'm not working right now to stay home with him.”

Bailey’s family is hoping for a full house Saturday.  There will be a band and DJ on hand.  There will also be raffle prizes including a pair of tickets for both a Steelers and Eagles game.  A percentage of all food and drinks purchased will go to the family.  Admission is $5.00. Raffle tickets are also $5.00 a piece.  If you would like to donate to the family money can be deposited into the Bailey May fund at any Metro Bank.

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