Four years ago Alexandra was living the fullest life! Her years of hard work as a director and stage combat performer had lead to her dream job, which she was set to begin a few months after she gave birth to her beautiful new son. She loved being a new Mom and relished the time with her baby before diving into her exciting new gig. The only frustration was one of her breast just wasn't producing much milk.
Because it had cancer. Really aggressive cancer.
She immediately weaned the baby and began chemo. Genetic testing revealed that she was a BRCA carrier so she underwent a double mastectomy and oophorectomy.
For years Alexandra has kept working and kept hopeful and kept her cancer personal. Only her family and a very small circle of friends knew how much the family was struggling. We were all sure this would pass and she could soon resume her life and her work. Last year things were really looking up: she was healing from her reconstructive surgery, regaining her upper body strength and finally planning for the future. But just as we breathed a sigh of relief, cancer showed up on her spine.
She was back on the battlefield: experimental treatments, experimental chemo, and a much harder and longer fight. Love for her son and her husband were the passionate fuel for this fight. No one was stronger or more positive. Those of us who loved her were in a constant state of admiration. She was always really good at pretending to be a warrior, but now we know she really was one. But even the greatest warriors find a foe they cannot defeat. And on Sunday morning, Alexandra put down her sword.
As freelance artists and entrepreneurs Alexandra and David had always been in modest but decent financial shape, but their rainy day fund has long since been devoured and the toll of a four year cancer fight with almost no safety net is beginning to show: rent, student loans, nursery school, car payments, and medical expenses mean that David must continue to work as much as he can. Now he needs help to pay those bills, and to hire someone to help take care of his young son, when he's at work.
This is a special, beautiful family absolutely brimming with love and kindness for each other and their neighbors. They have given their lives to creating delightful, hilarious and thrilling shows for audiences all over the US, despite the risks and the low pay. Please help us get them the extra help they need in this difficult time.
They need so little, but it would mean so much.