UCLA Fraternity Spreads The Holiday Spirit
Posted by GreaterGoodness
On the surface Lexi Brown, a twelve year old from Santa Maria, California, appears to be a typical girl who is interested in soccer and music. However, she also suffers from sarcoma, a cancer that has spread to her lungs and is causing her heart to fail. As a result, she was moved to the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in October 2015, which is located directly across the street from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
One day, out of curiosity, Lexi and her mother placed a sign in the window asking the fraternity for pizza, but they could have never imagined the heart warming and extraordinary response that they would receive.
As reported on the Sigma Delta Epsilon Facebook page, several brothers from the UCLA chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity came to visit Lexi on Nov. 4. They handed out roses, serenaded her with music, and, of course, made good on the promise to bring pizza.
The Independent Journal interviewed Chase Gasper, a member of the fraternity who is also on the soccer team. He has urged other members of the UCLA Bruins athletics teams to visit her. According to the Huffington Post, Lexi even received a high profile visit from Josh Rosen, the quarterback of the UCLA Bruins football team.
Lexi’s tenacity in fighting her cancer, along with publicity from the SAE fraternity, has galvanized the UCLA community to raise funds to help her family with medical expenses. As a final caring gesture before the Christmas holiday, the fraternity adorned the roof of the chapter house with Lexi’s name spelled in purple lights, which is the favorite color of the 12-year-old. Thanks to fundraising from members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter and donations from members of the UCLA community, Lexi’s family has received over $26,000 to help cover medical expenses.
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