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Fraternities often get a bad name because the only time they ever make headlines is when someone in the frat does something stupid. Sigma Alpha Epsilon seems to the one frat in particular that always seems to be up to no good. But this story from the UCLA chapter of SAE will restore your faith in fraternities:
Twelve-year-old Lexi Brown has a sarcoma, and the cancer has spread to her lungs. She was recently airlifted to the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA in California.Her hospital room faced one of the massive frat houses on UCLA’s fraternity row. To pass the time and have a little fun, Lexi and her mom put a sign in the window asking for a pizza delivery, not thinking it would lead to something so incredible.
The members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house heard about the sign, so they walked across the street. Not only did they bring pizza, but they also brought a bouquet of roses, and a guitar. Here was a bunch of 20-something frat guys, taking time out of their day to play music for a sick little girl. Lexi’s mom, Lisa, was touched to tears. For the next 30 minutes, the frat brothers serenaded Lexi as she lay in her hospital bed — and a beautiful friendship began to form.
The brothers began visiting Lexi on a regular basis. Some nights, the hospital would break its visitation rules to allow them to stay with Lexi until midnight. They brought gifts, they played games, and they forged an incredible bond.
The surprises didn’t end there. Lexi struck up a friendship with the SAE fraternity. The guys arranged for all sorts of exciting visits for Lexi, from the UCLA football team to women’s tennis players. But Lexi’s newfound popularity didn’t stop the frat brothers from continuing to show up at her hospital bed — to play cards, to bring her a stuffed animal, or to simply sit and talk.
But one night came the clincher. Lexi and her parents peeked out the hospital window and made a stunning discovery.
Every year, the fraternity decorates the SAE frat house for the holidays. This year, the brothers surprised Lexi by putting her name in lights on the roof of their house. They added purple lights to match her favorite color, and a flashing, beating heart.
When Lexi looked out the window, her heart was filled with joy when she saw her name in lights. Lexi is back home fighting her battle with cancer, but the brothers plan on keeping the lights hung through the holiday season. The fraternity now considers Lexi and her parents as part of their family. SAE members from across the country are now donating money to help Lexi’s family pay her hospital bills.
What can you say? This made my day. There’s NOTHING worse than kids with cancer. It’s so patently unfair that someone so small has to fight this deadly disease with no cure, basically on their own. Any parent would switch places with them in a heartbeat. Luckily we have great doctors and medical advances in this country and kids like Lexi will continue to defeat cancer until one day we find a cure. But in the mean time I’m sure it’s gotta be the greatest feeling in the world for her to look out the hospital window and see that.
What a great bunch of dudes too. While a lot of their peers in college are whining about “safe spaces,” shutting down buildings, and demanding that college presidents be fired, THESE STUDENTS are actually doing something that has tangible, positive results. They’ve probably made this girl feel like a million bucks, and hopefully it helps her as she fights the battle of her life. The UCLA chapter of Sig Ep might’ve just restored my faith in college students everywhere.
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