by Rachel Alexander | December 6, 2015 8:54 pm
Lisa Brown, the mother of a beautiful young girl who had been diagnosed with spreading cancer, thought she might as well let their neighbors know, placing signs nearby.
Western Journalism reports,
It began with a simple sign in a window asking for pizza. It blossomed into a life-affirming friendship that grew in the face of adversity.
Lexi Brown’s uphill fight against cancer recently brought the 12-year-old girl to the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA in California. One day, as she and her mom passed the time, they put up a sign in the window facing UCLA’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. It asked for pizza. It yielded much more.
“Five guys come in, and they had a guitar and dozen roses and a box of pizza,” her mother, Lisa, recalled. “They introduced themselves and said, ‘We saw your sign; we’re here.’ They stayed for a half an hour, they sang this song and I started bawling my head off. I’m like, ‘I can’t believe these people are here for my child.’”
Learning that Lexi liked soccer, fraternity brother Chase Gasper, a member of the UCLA soccer team, took the friendship to the next level.
“I texted my teammates and they all stepped up to the plate to visit her,” Gasper said. “Everyone who got to know her was really moved. It was an incredible experience and we really want her to get through this.”
Players donated jerseys, T-shirts, hats and scarves to Lexi, as well tickets to one of their games.
“When we played our game, we kind of played with an extra edge,” Gasper said. “We really wanted to win for her, and we did.”
UCLA students did not stop there. The men’s and women’s rowing, swimming, and tennis teams, as well as the Christian Campus Ministry and two sororities visited Lexi.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon put Lexi’s name highlighted by lights on the roof of their fraternity. They said they will keep it there, glowing throughout the Christmas season. Thank goodness for her caring mom and these kind, decent college men for giving her some hope. They could have blown her off, and found other things to keep them more occupied – but they didn’t. God bless them. Click here to financially support the family with Lexi (they are near their goal but not quite).
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