Lexi Brown, who is 12 years old, has been fighting cancer since July of 2014. Hospital rooms have become the norm for her, but nothing prepared her for this one.
She wound up in a hospital room overlooking the Sigma Alpha Epsilon House at the University of California, Los Angeles, she never imagined the friendship that would soon unfold.
— TEAM LEXI BROWN (@Team_Lexi_Brown) November 14, 2015
According to NBC News, in an attempt to forget Lexi’s diagnosis, she and her mom, Lisa, put up a sign in the hospital window asking for pizza.
Little did Lexi know, the gentlemen of SAE saw the sign and decided to do something about the little girl’s pizza predicament.
“Five guys come in, and they had a guitar and dozen roses and a box of pizza,” Lisa says. “They introduced themselves and said, ‘We saw your sign; we’re here.’ They stayed for a half an hour, they sang this song and I started bawling my head off. I’m like, ‘I can’t believe these people are here for my child.'”
— California Delta ΣAE (@UCLA_SAE) November 4, 2015
— TEAM LEXI BROWN (@Team_Lexi_Brown) November 13, 2015
SAE member, Chase Gasper, who also happens to be on the Men’s Soccer Team at UCLA, learned about Lexi’s love of soccer and had a heartwarming idea. Gasper tells Independent Journal Review:
“I texted my teammates and they all stepped up to the plate to visit her. Everyone who got to know her was really moved. It was an incredible experience and we really want her to get through this.”
Their kindness didn’t stop there — the team even donated jerseys, t-shirts, hats and scarves to Lexi before surprising her with tickets to one of their games. “When we played our game, we kind of played with an extra edge,” Gasper says. “We really wanted to win for her, and we did.”
The brothers of SAE are committed to making sure Lexi’s heart is full of love and wanted her to see how much they cared for her, just by looking out her window.
“So, they had me turn around and look at the lights, and I saw my name on the roof,” Lexi tells CBS Los Angeles. “I thought it was really cool. I didn’t think that that would ever happen.”
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) November 10, 2015
— TEAM LEXI BROWN (@Team_Lexi_Brown) November 24, 2015
Gasper says meeting Lexi has put his life into perspective. “I have had a very blessed life, nothing comes close to what she’s gone through,” he explains. “She’s such a strong girl.”
The unlikely bond between the brothers of SAE and Lexi Brown goes to show how friendship can be born out of even the most difficult circumstances.