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About Alexa Hickman
Alexa is going into her senior year at Boyd Buchanan School in Chattanooga, TN. An avid softball player, only three months ago Alexa was roaming the outfield for her school's softball team, enjoying high school life with her friends.
Alexa has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Synovial Sarcoma.
About Synovial Sarcoma
Only 1 to 3 individuals in a million people are diagnosed with this disease each year. Synovial Sarcoma causes cancerous tumors that spread to various areas of the body, especially the lymph nodes. It is a serious and life threatening condition that requires a combination of surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy.
Because synovial sarcoma is rare, there is no consensus among experts regarding how much chemotherapy improves the odds of survival.
This diagnosis has been both devestating and overwhelming for her family.
About Alexa's Treatment
Alexa is being treated at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She will start her second round of chemotherapy on August 8th and she will simulaneously begin radiation treatment 5 days a week for five consecutive weeks, at which point she will have major surgery to remove a cancerous tumor embedded in her femoral artery and associated nerves.
Because of the severity of her cancer, Alexa's treatment requires that she have a surgery team, an oncology team, a vascular team, and a plastic surgeon working with her throught the treatment.
How We Can Help
Many of us are fortunate to have health benefits at our disposal. Unfortunately Alexa’s mother is unable to work due to Alexa's condition, and at this point her sole focus needs to be on being by Alexa's side to help her through the agressive treament she's currently receiving. Alexa's stepfather, Jamie Suttles is a farmer and he is responsible for providing financially for their family.
The intent of this YouCaring fundraiser is to raise money to help eliminate some of the family's financial burden during a time when their attention deserves to be only on their daughter. Any financial assistance is greatly appreciated, and no donation is too small.
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