The Story of The Lexiebean Foundation
Alexandra (Lexie) Falabella was a pretty, normal little girl. She loved ladybugs, laughing with her parents, and playing with her little brother and sister. (Fighting with them too. We said she was normal).
Just two days shy of her 6th birthday in 2006, Lexie was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a brain tumor. Now, LeaAnn and Joe Falabella learned firsthand what it meant to have a child with cancer.
The costs can be staggering. Out of pocket expenses, even if you have insurance, can average about $35,000 a year! Plus, there are non-medical costs to consider, like childcare for other children, transportation, meals, and accommodations while your child is in the hospital, and more. And then, of course, there's the emotional toll that having a sick child can take on every member of the family.
Lexie passed away on October 5, 2009, but her story doesn't end there. A few months after she passed, LeaAnn and Joe decided that they wanted to give help and hope to families just like theirs in honor of Lexie. And so, The Lexiebean Foundation was born.
Our mission is to help ease the financial and emotional burdens that childhood cancer places on a family. We help with mortgages, car payments, and other household expenses. We also strive to provide care and comfort to sick kids and their siblings with gift baskets chosen specifically for them.
But we can't do it without you! Your support lets us help families in need and helps us keep Lexie's memory alive. Every time we help a sick child and their family, we like to think that Lexie is smiling.
Check out our upcoming events and please join us if you can. Plus, get some helpful tips on what to do or say when a child has cancer by reading "Lexie's Corner."
All the best,
Your friends at The Lexiebean Foundation