With all the confusion and chaos in the world one thing we can all agree on, this world doesn’t have enough Lexi Brown’s.
The 12-year-old lost her battle with cancer a few months ago but who she was and her story is still impacting people all over the world. Stories that can’t be forgotten.
One night she was resting in her hospital room next to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon House at UCLA, she had no idea the kind of friendship that would come from it.
NBC News reported that Lexi and her mom Lisa hung up a sign in her hospital room window requesting pizza.
What they didn’t know is that the boys of the SAE fraternity spotted the sign and decided to do something incredible for her.
“Five guys come in, and they had a guitar and dozen roses and a box of pizza,” Lisa says. “They introduced themselves and said, ‘We saw your sign; we’re here.’ They stayed for a half an hour, they sang this song and I started bawling my head off. I’m like, ‘I can’t believe these people are here for my child.’”
“You know, one of our creeds is being a true gentleman, and that’s following through and making sure that we can do everything we can,” said SAE fraternity member Christian Wehrly.
Another member, Chase Gasper, found out that Lexi loved soccer. Because he just so happens to be on the UCLA Men’s Soccer Team, he came up with a brilliant idea:
“I texted my teammates and they all stepped up to the plate to visit her,” he told IJ.com. “Everyone who got to know her was really moved. It was an incredible experience and we really want her to get through this.”
And that wasn’t all. The team also brought jerseys, hats, scarves and t-shirts for Lexi, AND they even surprised her with tickets to their game.
“When we played our game, we kind of played with an extra edge,” said Gasper. “We really wanted to win for her, and we did.”
The gentleman of SAE started a tidal wave of kindness from other sports teams and organizations at UCLA. Members of the swimming, rowing and tennis teams came in to visit, as well as the Christian Campus Ministry.
But it was the boys of SAE who will always have a special place in Lexi’s heart.
Their special bond is evident as you listen to them serenade the young girl at her bedside.
Here’s a quick snippet from the video that Lexi’s father sent us. Words cannot describe how we feel right now. pic.twitter.com/O8LBqHFoH6
— California Delta ΣAE (@UCLA_SAE) November 5, 2015
Before she passed the boys made a tribute for her to see outside her window:
The boys spelled her name in lights on their frat house to show her that she is their light.
“They had me turn around and look at the lights, and I saw my name on the roof,” she told CBS LA. “I thought it was really cool. I didn’t think that that would ever happen.”
They kept Lexi’s sign up through the holidays to keep her spirits up—but she’s not the only one who’s been rewarded through the friendship. The SAE boys have been exceedingly blessed to meet her too, and it’s helped to put their lives in perspective. “I have had a very blessed life, nothing comes close to what she’s gone through. She’s such a strong girl,” said Gasper.
Even in the final months of her life Lexi was living to serve others. She started a campaign called “Bald for Lexi” that raised over $90,000 for kids fighting cancer. Of course, her response to her selfless kindness was humility, “Everyone has done so much for me and my family that I thought it was important to do something to give back,” she told PEOPLE last month. “I feel better knowing that I’m doing something that can help other kids and their families.”
The 12-year-old fighter was often seen wearing purple along with a shirt that read “Fight Like a Girl”. Her humor, her smile, her love is a legacy she leaves behind that still gives others hope to this day, especially her dad.
“Lexi never gave up the fight and never lost the fight,” her dad said. “She fought until her tired body could not fight any more, and now we will continue to fight for her. We want everyone to know, Lexi knew how much you loved her.”