Jan. 22, 2014
Leading up to the Unlimited Dance Marathon, Feb. 22-23, Gophersports.com features the reason why Gopher Athletics, the University of Minnesota community and Amplatz Children's Hospital have joined forces: To help those in need.
Alexis was diagnosed with stage-4 rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, in December 2010.
Radiation wasn’t an option because of the potential for organ damage, and a surgical attempt to remove the cancer failed. Next, Alexis received hypothermic chemotherapy in Houston, Texas, but her kidneys began to fail. She is now on kidney dialysis at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and awaiting a kidney transplant.
Despite all she’s been through, Alexis attended her first Gopher Football game in August as a Goldy’s Hero, and she is keeping her spirits up.
ABOUT THE UNLIMITED DANCE MARATHON
Unlimited Dance Marathon is a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign for the fight against pediatric health issues and will be held at Mariucci Arena on February 22-23. The event is designed to raise funds and awareness for Amplatz Children's Hospital. In addition to the no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon, the event will feature personal stories from children and families served through the resources Amplatz provides. Participants dancing in the mara-thon will earn pledges for their dance time.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA AMPLATZ CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
The purpose of the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital is to bring hope and healing to the children and families we serve by caring for one child at a time, while advancing education, research, and care on behalf of all children. By working as one health care team centered on our patients, University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital along with the entire Fairview system will create exceptional care experiences for children and their families in Minnesota and around the world.