Lexi Brown, a 12 year old suffering from cancer, had a bad reaction to chemotherapy drugs she was taking and had to be airlifted to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.
Lexi’s mom did not want to leave her daughter’s side as her heart was only working at 15% at this point. Not knowing anyone in the area and wanting a distraction, the mother and daughter jokingly made up a sign asking someone to bring pizza and hung it out the window.
That side of the hospital faces UCLA’s fraternity row and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house has a view straight into many of the hospital rooms. That’s when something amazing happened.
According to NBC News:
“Five guys come in, and they had a guitar and dozen roses and a box of pizza,” Lisa said. “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.'”
“We don’t know them,” she added. “They’re 18-to-24-year-old guys. And it’s just ridiculous.”
The guys learned Lexi loves soccer, so SAE brother Chase Gasper, who is on the UCLA varsity soccer team, arranged a visit from the squad. Josh Rosen, the quarterback of UCLA’s football team and an SAE brother, came by. That really sent shockwaves of excitement through the hospital.
“I texted my teammates and they all stepped up to the plate to visit her,” Chase Gasper said. “Everyone who got to know her was really moved. It was an incredible experience and we really want her to get through this.”
The college students didn’t stop there though. They continued to visit Lexi, sometimes staying at the hospital late into the night.
When it came time for SAE to decorate their house for the holidays, they added a special message for Lexi.
Sadly, Lexi’s cancer has since taken her away, but her last months were filled with joy thanks to her new-found college friends.
“Lexi never gave up the fight and never lost the fight,” Lexi’s father Jon Brown says. “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.”