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.
Now 6 years old, Lexi completed cancer treatment in April 2015 and returns to St. Jude regularly for checkups.