Friday, March 30, 2007
Help Lexi Fight Breast Cancer
God is many things but rarely is the Creator thought of as Cute or shamefully Adoreable. Leave it to a child to remind us of this. Nine-year-old Alexis Rachel Lehrman is one of those kinds of kids with an inner glow and disarming innocence who, by her mere presence on this planet and infectious optimism, makes the most jaded among us question our doubts about God's existence because now we know the Great Silent God is alive and well and shining through the eyes of a little girl on Miami Beach.
Recently the Miami Herald did a story on Lexi, as she prefers to be called. For her ninth birthday, she decided at that tender age that she already "has enough;" that she's "lucky" and "healthy" and wanted to use her birthday to raise money to fight breast cancer. With her mom's help, they did an Internet search and found the local affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a national nonprofit which battles breast cancer. With the charity's help, they were able to create a web page that makes it easy to donate money in Lexi's name. Because pink is Lexi's favorite color ("I loved it all my life"), pink e-mails were sent out asking Lexi's friend's and family for support. More than $3,500 was raised by the time the story was published yesterday. The nonprofit was so impressed that they asked the third grader to speak at its annual grant awards assembly at the University of Miami Bank United Center.
"I feel really good, like I changed the whole world," Lexi says.
Little, darling, Lexi, you surely have.
If you would like to make a contribution in Lexi's name toward conquering breast cancer, click here.