Classifieds Business Directory Jobs Real Estate Autos Legal Notices ePubs Subscribe Archives
Today is April 20, 2014
home newssports feature opinion fyi society obits multimedia

Front Page » March 12, 2013 » Carbon County News » To Alix, with love from friends
Published 404 days ago

To Alix, with love from friends


Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints

By JOHN SERFUSTINI
Sun Advocate associate editor

Six-year-old Alix Draves is fighting a high-stakes personal war. It is called Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a form of cancer that orginates in the white blood cells.

Last Thursday, he discovered in no uncertain terms that he is not fighting that war alone. Hundreds of his classmates at Wellington Elementary School - aptly dubbed the Wellington Warriors - presented him with gifts they amassed during a month of fund-raising in February.

At a whole-school assembly, they gave him an iPod of his own, so he can keep himself entertained and educated until he can come back to school. And they gave him a check for $3,202.24 to help with the expenses of fighting the disease.

This was all money collected patiently in coins and small bills. Kids who gave a dollar got to wear a hat in school, which was a status symbol worth buying. One family even collected $100 worth of aluminum cans and donated funds to the cause.

Alix was joined on stage by his grandparents and guardians Karen Fausett and Dennis Parry to receive the gifts. Before that, though, he answered some questions in an interview from teacher Jennifer Prince.

Among the things students learned was that he has to wear surgical mask whenever he is around people or he could get sick. (The chemotherapy treatment depresses his immune system, so he has little resistance to disease. A common cold could be life-threatening, his grandfather explained.)

He also can't eat chocolate for a week or so after his chemo treatments, so he makes sure to eat it before he goes to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake.

While Alix and the students took the interview and the gift presentations in stride, among the adults in the audience there were few - if any - dry eyes.

Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints


Top of Page


 
Article Photos  
Browse / enlarge – (1 total)
Print photo(s) with article
Get photo reprints on CD
NOTE: To print only the article and included photos, use the print photo(s) with article link above.
Web Poll  
March 15, 2014
Now that the Utah State Legislature is done with their regular session how would you rate their performance this year?
Good
Fair
Poor
Don't know
Don't care

View Results


Carbon County News  
March 12, 2013
Recent Local News
Quick Links
Subscribe via RSS
Related Articles  
Related Stories



Best viewed with Firefox
Get Firefox

© Sun Advocate, 2000-2013. All rights reserved. All material found on this website, unless otherwise specified, is copyright and may not be reproduced without the explicit written permission from the publisher of the Sun Advocate.
Legal Notices & Terms of Use    Privacy Policy    Advertising Info    FAQ    Contact Us
  RSS Feeds    News on Your Site    Staff Information    Submitting Content    About Us