Little Lexi and her big grin are cute as can be. She’s a star among those who know her, an outgoing girl who loves to dance and do arts and crafts.
In the summer of 2013, when Lexi started getting bruises that wouldn’t go away, her parents thought she was just too busy knocking around to heal. Instead, blood tests showed 3-year-old Lexi was dangerously ill with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a form of blood cancer.
The day after diagnosis, Lexi was referred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “When they gave us the option of other places to go, I said there’s no doubt about it, I want to be at St. Jude,” her mom explained. “We know St. Jude is the place that finds the medicines that work.” In fact, treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.
And families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Lexi received more than two years of chemotherapy, so that was a big load off her family’s mind. “We’re just so blessed to have St. Jude to take care of her, and to take care of us,” said her mom.
Now 6 years old, Lexi completed cancer treatment in April 2015 and returns to St. Jude regularly for checkups.