Alexis was found to suffer from neuroblastoma in April 2008
Alexis colors quietly alongside her little sister, listening patiently as her sister chatters on about her drawing. Her sister loves to talk, but Alexis is shy. Their mom loves these moments, watching the girls play together. "They're like best friends," she said. "Alexis is a good big sister. She's very patient."
Alexis’ calm demeanor belies that fact that she has been battling neuroblastoma for more than half of her life.
Alexis was just 2 years old when she first walked through the doors of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Treatment for neuroblastoma is complicated. Alexis has undergone chemotherapy, radiation, a bone marrow transplant and multiple surgeries. Her cancer has come back twice, and each time, St. Jude has been there for her family.
When Alexis first arrived at St. Jude, her family didn’t know that St. Jude would not only cover the costs of Alexis' treatment, but also housing, food and travel. "St. Jude took our worry away," said her mom. "Then, we were able to focus on the most important thing—her treatment."
Alexis' family is grateful for St. Jude donors. "There’s just not enough you can say to someone who gives without ever seeing St. Jude," said her mom. "Their generosity is overwhelming."
Today, Alexis is home and doing well. She loves board games, drawing and playing with her little sister. Alexis returns to St. Jude for regular checkups.