NEW MATCHING FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE! Details are below!
“For nearly as long as I can remember I have referred to Lexi Thomas as my sister. While she is technically my sister-in-law, that couldn’t matter less. She is a light in the world.”
I first wrote those words 19 months ago, well before we could have known how Lexi’s journey would unfold. Lexi had been diagnosed with a cancer so rare that it had never been seen in a living patient, and after four years of fighting to stay alive, we found that we needed to raise thousands of dollars very quickly to get her into a high-risk, high-reward clinical trial. That trial was to be her last chance at life, culminating in a “reaction” that would either cause her death, or she would live and be cured.
With the help of more than 500 amazing individual donors we raised the money in time, got Lexi into the trial, and prayed for a miracle.
On November 7th, her reaction came. Surrounded by her doctors from NIH, Duke and John’s Hopkins, her brain swelled, her heart stopped, and she died.
For twenty long minutes, she was gone. But, we got our miracle.
With a Herculean effort from her doctors, she fought to come back to us, and months later we found out that she had indeed beaten the previously incurable cancer.
Not only did Lexi come back to us, she came back whole, and with a purpose. In the year that followed, more than 92,000 people, many of them young adults living with cancer, became readers of Lexi’s blog. The National Cancer Institute honored her with their “Young Adult of Great Influence” Award at the Angel Ball in New York City, and she got engaged to a young man, of whom we all totally approve.
Please check out her blog here if you would like to learn more about her story: https://lexthomas11.wordpress.com
We are continuing this GoFundMe because while the incurable cancer remains beaten, Lexi again finds herself struggling to survive, this time fighting an aggressive new lymphoma that sprang up seemingly out of nowhere. After being rejected from 211 trials in nine months, lucky number 212 gave her a conditional yes. If chemotherapy can get her cancer markers down, she's in and has a good prognosis.
As before, this is likely her last chance at life, and we very much need to ask for your help again to beat this.
The last run of this GoFundMe got her the chemotherapy that she very much needed, and while it didn't succeed in bringing her markers down enough, it did keep the cancer from progressing. With all of the new data they have gathered, her doctors think they know what she needs, and think that a new chemotherapy cocktail a 70% chance of success. That's the best news we've heard in a long time!
However, before she can get the new drugs Lexi needs to pay off the last round of drugs and put a down payment on the new cocktail. That carries a huge $60,000 price tag. Lexi hates asking for help again, but the truth is that she really does need it, and we would be profoundly grateful!
NEW MATCHING OPPORTUNITY!
An extremely generous donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has offered to contribute up to $25,000 toward Lexi's goal. Every dollar you are able to contribute will get its impact doubled, and help Lexi pay for both this trial and lifesaving care. Even if you are only able to contribute a small amount, we will be deeply appreciative.
Two years ago this community came together and helped to save Lexi’s life. She’s ready to fight again, and we need to ask you to help us make one more miracle for this young woman who has so powerfully touched so many lives.
Please consider supporting this urgent goal, and make sure to share this campaign on your social networks. People often wonder if charitable campaigns are real, and it really, really helps to have folks who know and care about Lexi letting the world know that she is real, the need is real, and that they have a great opportunity to give the gift of life.
Your support would mean the world to Lexi, and to our family. #lexistrong
- Joel Sellier
- David Von Hoene
- Joan App
- Dennis Warner
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