Alex is a gorgeous 20 year old that was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in May of 2004. Since that time she has undergone eight bowel resections, colostomy placement and reversal; and several other surgeries. She now suffers from SBS, or Short Bowel Syndrome. This is in part due to only having two feet of small intestines and three feet of large intestines still intact.
In the past seven years, Alex has spent over 1900 days in Scottish Rite Children's Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and St. Joseph's Hospital. She attended Duluth High School for a short period of time where she qualified for both the football and basketball cheerleading squads. Unfortunately, due to her medical condition she was not able to complete her school studies there. She enrolled at Faith Academy where she graduated six months early with a 3.84 GPA. She attended college for a short period of time before having to forgo classes due to a decline in her health.
Alex enjoys being outdoors, arts & crafts, watching her favorite football team, The Georgia Bulldogs, hanging out with friends and being a positive role model for others.
For the past nine years, Alex has also attended Camp Oasis, a camp for children with Crohn's and Colitis that is sponsored by Camp Twin Lakes. The past three years she has been a counselor at camp. "Besides God, family and friends, Camp Oasis is what keeps me going. It is something that I look forward to every year. Knowing what these kids are going through and feeling the pain that they feel is something that others do not understand. Just because we don't look sick on the outside; doesn't mean we are not very sick on the inside. This camp helps kids realize that they are not alone." "Admit it, who really wants to talk about butts and guts."
Alex's health recently took a turn for the worse. She and her family are focused on making memories; and enjoying spending quality family time together. "I want to be an inspiration to others while I can; and after I am gone. Life is short so make the most of it. I want those that know me; and those that never will understand that I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
I'm making this site so I can help Alex complete her bucket list. The main item on her bucket list is to travel to Costa Rice and explore everything that beautiful country has to offer. Any donations above the cost of the trip would help her family paying for the extensive medical bills they've accumulated over the years.
Alex is a wonderful young woman who has given so much to others throughout her life; I just want to return the favor.
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