Fraternity Brightens Patient’s Stay

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Fraternity Brightens Patient’s Stay

Some of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center sits directly across from the college’s fraternity row. On October 30, a 12-year-old cancer patient and her mother put a sign in the window of her hospital room asking for pizza. It was noticed by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Over the course of the child’s hospital stay, the members of the fraternity brought food, flowers, a guitar, and much more.

UCLA-SAE-FBThe young patient named Lexi not only has cancer but treatment caused her to develop heart problems. While she spent many weeks in the hospital, the fraternity members were frequent visitors and kept her spirits high.

The young men of the fraternity spent hours singing and playing cards with Lexi. They also brought along members of the UCLA soccer, swimming, rowing, and tennis teams, the football team’s quarterback, school cheerleaders, and members of sororities and of the Christian Campus Ministry.

SAE chapter president Kevin Autran says, “Brothers stepped up to go visit her essentially every day. Some just stopped by to give her a little gift like a shirt or a teddy bear, and some stayed for hours to hang out with her.”

Lexi especially enjoyed her view of the fraternity house decorated for Christmas with her name on the roof in lights of her favorite color, purple. SAE fraternity members from around the country donated to a fund that will help pay her hospital bills.

Lexi’s parents have been through a hard time watching their daughter suffer and the students were a bright spot for the family. Her mother says, “I never knew that so many young adults had it in them.” (NBC, 11-30-15)