Doreen and Baylee's Story
Seven years ago, Doreen had never heard of Midland Care, it would have been hard to predict how important the organization would impact her life and that of her daughter. Everything changed for Doreen and Baylee on August 13, 2007. That night, Baylee’s father, Anthony “Tony” Cox, was killed in the line of duty while working as a firefighter in Topeka. Baylee was 11 years old.
When she had trouble locating quality counseling services for Baylee in Topeka, Doreen asked The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for help. They recommended Midland Care, and within weeks Baylee was attending weekly counseling sessions that used her passion for art to help her grieve.
Over time, Doreen and Baylee started using their own experiences to help others. They volunteered for Midland Care’s Hearts of Hope Camp. Doreen was eventually hired at Midland Care to provide physical therapy to PACE participants. She has worked full time in PACE for 2 years.
“At first, I wanted to work in people’s homes, you get to know people better that way and really become a part of the family, but I really love the people [at the PACE center] and the concept of team. There’s a lot we can offer here.”
Baylee is thriving. Now 17 years old and about to graduate from Washburn Rural, she is a talented art student who plans to attend Wichita State to study international business and marketing. She writes and volunteers for local and national organizations to help kids who have lost loved ones.
“So many people don’t know how to grieve,” Doreen explains “do adults even know? How are kids supposed to know? They need help. Midland Care has been very healing for Baylee.”