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Alejandro Mejia needs help beating cancer again

$19,525 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 353 people in 4 months
Created January 28, 2019
When I was in sixth grade, I met a kid who was sitting in my homeroom. He was quirky, unique in so many ways, and clearly material for a lifelong friend. That was the day I met Alejandro Mejia. It was eight years ago, and we had absolutely no idea what our future held. It seems that starting at that moment, Alejandro and I continued our paths in life together throughout the way. He is an excellent musician, showing all of us up in middle school and driving all of us to be at his level in high school. He is one of the most hard working people I know, keeping his priorities straight and his eye on his future. He is passionate, dedicated, honest, and careful. I discovered all of this when I was in sixth grade, but as he became my best friend, my fellow co-captain in drumline, and my fellow classmate to this day at Drexel, he has showed me over and over again I wasn't wrong about him -- he was genuine. If nothing else in his life showed his immense dedication to character, morals, and inner strength, it was his first battle with cancer this year. He stayed strong, positive, and focused on his future still, which surprised me because I knew I couldn't do it, but didn't surprise me because Alejandro never loses sight of what is most important to him. He is the most financially careful person I know. He washes his hands before every single meal, and stayed far away when we were sick. The reason Alejandro needs help is because, beyond explanation, his cancer has returned in another form. There are parts of life we will never understand as humans, and they are so disgusting that we don't know what to do. Why Alejandro is continuing to be bothered with this awful disease at such a young age is a question we can ponder forever, but I urge you to consider helping in a way I know we all can. I want you to just take a couple of seconds, and reflect on the issues you're struggling with right now. And I want you to take a look around the room and realize that despite those very real issues, you are able to get up and walk to the bathroom, you are able to eat whatever you choose, you are able to go to school, go to work, without putting your life on hold. You didn't beat cancer only for it to return again. Alejandro did. I'm starting a Go Fund Me for Alejandro because if nothing else, we can easily take a few moments from our day and provide him with monetary support, especially considering he is a full time student at an extremely expensive school. This awful disease unfortunately drains the monetary funds of those affected, which I find just awful, considering Alejandro's incredibly meticulous financial planning, almost to a point where I would get annoyed at him for not wanting to get food and spend money. Please, cancer will not stop Alejandro, I know that, but if we can help, we can make his time much, much easier. Thank you all very much, please consider sharing and donating to Alejandro Mejia for his second battle with cancer.
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My best friend, amazing son, and all around incredible human Alejandro Mejia passed into the great unknown this morning. His illness was a nasty, horrible fighter, and it eventually beat him physically, but never mentally. Alejandro will live in me and all of us forever. We can only hope now he is at peace, and somewhere better than here. I'll never understand any of this, if there ever is a cure, it's come too late. Rest in peace Alejandro Mejia, best friend, amazing son and role model. I will always try to make him proud. Rest assured I will keep this gofundme updated with important upcoming dates, at this time we ask for peace for his family as they mourn. Thank you for everybody who has come to know and love him in some way, you made his disgustingly short life important, and endless thanks for the nearly 20 thousand dollars people who loved him raised to see him beat this awful disease. I hope one day I see you again Alejandro, I know I'll never forget your ridiculous laugh, and endless memories the two of us shared that are now mine alone. We love you Alejandro, and we love your family. Rest in peace.
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"Alex has been on Hospice at home for nearly 2 weeks. His condition seems to worsen a bit each day. He can no longer stand, walk or really even talk-- this is so heartbreaking to watch. One of us is with him constantly. He has not eaten "real" food in 5 days, but we have him drinking at least 3 Ensures/day. He has a self controlled pump with pain medicine that we usually need to press for him. Our three Parish Priests came on Friday to administer Last Rites to him. To see our once-active 20 year old son become like this is truly devastating for us. All I can do is ask for continued prayers for us-- I thank you in advance-- and also to anyone who has contributed in ANY way " -Alejandros mother

Alejandro, we love you more than you will ever know. Every single day I think about you and you will be a part of my life from start to finish. Your mark on the world lives in every person who's been lucky enough to have you as a friend or a part of their life. You live in all of us. We love you
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Hi everybody. PLEASE read carefully the following update from Alejandro's mother. Our best friend has fought his hardest battle. We love him and his family so much, and hope forever for their healing. This pain is devastating.
"UPDATE on our son Alejandro Mejia:

Today Alex saw his oncologist at MSK in NY and we were given devastating news about his condition. Chemo will not help him anymore mainly because his platelet count continues to worsen, despite the 5 transfusions that he had in the last 6 weeks. He has a lot of pain on his left side which is due to his significantly enlarged spleen. Cancer was also seen in his spleen. Morphine was not much help so he was given Dilaudid, a stronger pain medication that seems to take the edge off. He hasn't been able to eat for a few weeks so we make sure that he takes in extra fluids. Because of this he is very tired and week. Our only option at this point is palliative care-- keeping him comfortable and trying to manage his pain. He will also be on Hospice, possibly by the end of the week. We don't know why this has happened to him and probably never will, but all through this ordeal he has demonstrated such strength and courage-- we are amazed at his positive attitude and how hard he has fought. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed in ANY way, and I ask for continued prayers for strength for our family as we deal with this next painful step. "
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As posted by Alejandro's mother:

"Update on our son Alejandro Mejia

It has been about 3 1/2 months since we were given the news by the Penn oncologist that Alex had months with the diagnosis of incurable stage 4 sarcoma. After that we took him to Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC for a 2nd opinion-- since then he has been seeing a sarcoma specialist and receiving chemo there. The cancer has metastasized to his bones with dozens of tumors throughout. He had 2 rounds of radiation for the 2 bigger tumors on his hip and spine. He has had a lot of pain and is on 2 types of morphine around the clock. The chemo has been very rough on him with nausea and weakness. At one stretch he had to spend nearly 2 weeks in bed because of fatigue. The oncologist has changed his chemo because platelet and red cell counts were very low and he needed 2 transfusions in less than a week. Despite all of these issues he is staying positive and when he is up to it drives to his co-op job in Princeton which is just over an hour away. We are fortunate that being aware of his situation they are very understanding of when and why he is unable to work. I would like to thank everyone who has been supportive with prayers, concern, meals and those of you who have donated to Alex's GoFundMe-- it has been a tremendous help for us with medical bills, prescriptions and travel, parking and tolls for treatment/appointments. We are so very appreciative of your kindness. Please continue with prayers of strength and healing for our family during this very difficult and challenging time "
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