Updated posted by Jennifer Shapiro 1 day ago
We want everyone to know as we get ready for this...
Updated posted by Jennifer Shapiro 1 month ago
We really want to let everyone know how much this...
We really want to let everyone know how much this has meant to us. Without all of this support we would not be making arrangements for Alexis to have gastric bypass surgery at the end of March! We know how lucky we are to have so many people that care about Alexis. Look at what good people can do when we all get together and help each other. This money has gone into a a special account for medical needs, co pays, and travel expenses. We are working out a plan to follow through with all the ways Alexis wants to help other kids. You can follow Alexis' journey on her Facebook page called hope and love for Alexis. Thank you!
Updated posted by Jennifer Shapiro 2 months ago
Thank you to everyone that has read Alexis's...
Thank you to everyone that has read Alexis's story and either felt compelled to donate or share her story. We have been overwhelmed from the start with the outpouring of support, and because of that support TRICARE has reconsidered the decision to deny Alexis the surgery and have officially approved it. We will post updates as we get them. Thank you!!!
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God bless you, Alexis. May his mighty hand be over you and your family.
posted by Belle Unruh 11 hours ago
Good luck Alexis!!! Praying for you!!!
posted by Nicole Mitchem 14 hours ago
Hi, I just made a small donation. Good luck Alexis with your surgery. I am thinking about you sweet girl! Much love, Heidi
posted by Heidi Zeilinger 23 hours ago
Praying every moment lol. Not paying. Oops
posted by Shawnte Yates 23 hours ago
I have just discovered this story. And, Alexis, you're an amazingly strong and beautiful young lady. I do wish there was another way than the gastric bypass as it is extremely dangerous especially for a young lady. But for my birthday this year, I will not be celebrating as my birthday will be spent paying every moment until you are out of surgery. That will be a perfect present. My prayers are with you. Stay strong and hold that beautiful head high. I will be checking in on March 21st to see how you are doing sweetheart.
posted by Shawnte Yates 23 hours ago
My wife and I were blessed enough to make a very small donation to this child. I do not question whether or not the surgery will work because I believe and know it will. This child along with so many others in this country deserve a second chance, a helping hand and do not get the opportunity. For their sakes lets do think and pray, if you are inclined , to do so, that this will be 110% successful and Alexis will have a very long, happy and profitable lifetime!! Cheers!!
posted by Walter Bradford 1 day ago
I know that lots of others have asked this, too, but is there a contact address for cards, etc?
posted by Rochelle Bates 1 day ago
i cried when i watched this, i have had weight issues all my life so i know how hard it can be sometimes, just look forward and hopexx never give up,i really hope surgery works!!! i dont have any money to donate but i wish i did! my heart goes out to you and i will be checking on you after surgery so i know your doing okay xxxx good luck and prayers to you and your family xxx
posted by Andrew Aiken 1 day ago
When I watched this I just wanted to hug you and support you I've struggled with my weight all my life and I can't imagine what your going threw you are such a strong girl and this surgery I'm hoping will help you stay strong and know know matter anyone says your beautiful! I will keep you in my prayers and can't wait to hear an update after your surgery
posted by Ashley Murphy 1 day ago
Oh Alexis. My heart breaks for you. I just want to hug you and tell you everything will be ok. You are a brave and beautiful little girl and I hope you never lose the sparkle I see in you in your video. I will keep you in my prayers, baby girl. Love and lotsa hugs from Montana!
posted by Jenn Lyytinen 1 day ago
Hi Alexis! Stay brave my friend! You will be OK and see great times ahead. Keep a positive attitude and be brave...Gingers are always brave!!! :)
posted by Laurey Holla 1 day ago
Hi Jennifer, I was immediately drawn to Alexis because I also have a 12 year old daughter. I will keep Alexis in my prayers daily. She is an amazing girl. Also, I sent you a an email and I hope to hear from you soon.
posted by Cathy Yokel 2 days ago
My children (ages 12 & 10) would like to send Alexis cards and a care package. Is there an address that we can send it to?
posted by Donna Prince 3 days ago
I read your story today in People magazine and I am absolutely heartbroken over what Alexis has gone through. I'm sure you have researched many options to help her BUT I have to ask....have you thought of trying essential oils? I have heard, seen and experienced AMAZING results with them and I sincerely believe they could help Alexis, too. Gastric Bypass at her age seems extremely drastic and I strongly consider doing some research on using essential oils and then talking to your doctor. The brand I use is 100% pure therapeutic grade and can be used in so many ways for so many things it's insane! Plus there's no side-effects! I had no clue these existed until a friend of mine introduced me last year and I lOVE them! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE consider them if you haven't already. Wishing you guys the best!!
posted by Lindsey Vaughn 3 days ago
Id like to send Alexis a card, is there an address I can send this to? What a brave little girl.
posted by Cherri Kauss 19 days ago
PLEASE contact a MAXIMIZED LIVING doctor in your area...pre-op and post op...pre-op especially!!
posted by Nancy Armstrong 20 days ago
Please get a second opinion! Contact Dr. Jennifer Miller at the University of Florida and get information about Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). There is an acquired form of PWS that is developed after damage to the hypothalamus, causing insatiable hunger and food seeking. Find out more about PWS here http://www.pwsausa.org.
posted by Stephanie Brady 23 days ago
It would be nice to post an update to all us who gave. When is Alexis getting her surgery? If Tricare is paying for it, where will the $78k+ go?? Please keep donors informed! Bless your family!
posted by Master Peace 1 month ago
I work for a Tricare approved bariatric surgeon in your area. We were so moved by Alexis' story and would love to help! Dr. Nilesh Patel is fellowship trained specifically in bariatric surgery and asked me to contact you. If you are looking for a very special surgeon and practice, we are here for you. You may contact me at 210-430-8680 or at Texas Bariatric Specialists, 210-695-2757 ext 301. You may also read about our practice at www.BypassDoc.com. We look forward to hearing from you! Take Care, Donna Adames
posted by Donna Adames 1 month ago
Wishing Alexis all the best with her upcoming surgery! So happy for her and your family. Please keep us posted. I fully understand the struggles of being heavy and the stigma attached. I wish her all the best!
posted by Tamara Gross 2 months ago
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