FAMILY WANTS DISNEY DREAM TO COME TRUE FOR LEXI
A COMMUNITY is coming together to make a six-year-old girl’s dream come true as she battles chemotherapy.
Little more than two weeks ago, Lexie Roy from West Drayton was playing in the local park when she fell off her swing, a stumble which usually results in a few cuts and bruises, but once she started being sick, mum Chloe knew something was not right.
The 27-year-old took her daughter to the doctors and one day later a scan revealed Lexie had a tumour on her kidney and the fall in the park had caused pressure, resulting in internal bleeding.
Three rounds of chemotherapy and one operation later, friends and family are now raising money to fly Lexie to Disney World in Florida.
“She went to the park, she fell off a swing and she started being sick so we took her to the doctors,” Chloe said.
“We couldn’t figure out what was wrong because it wasn’t a head injury, so she was taken to hospital in Hillingdon.
“There she was checked over and then they did CT scans and found this mass.
“It was a tumour on her kidney and within an hour she was being taken to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).”
The six-year-old spent eight days in the world-renowed children’s hospital where she endured further
scans and an operation to stop the internal bleeding.
“When I was told I had a complete panic attack,” said Chloe.
“I was there with my mum and we were in shock – we were in tears, hysterics.
“She is amazing. Everyone is in bits, but she is taking it in her stride.”
When asked how she explained the illness to her young daughter, Chloe said: “It’s really hard. She knows she is really poorly and she knows she has to take her magic medicine, which is what we call chemo.
“She knows she has a sore tummy and poorly hair which we said will fall out.”
Lexie, who attends Highfield Primary School in Hillingdon, will undergo a further operation on September 25 to remove the tumour and her kidney.
After that, it is hoped she will return to school and rejoin her classmates.
“Her school has been brilliant. She can’t go in now, but after the operation and when she has recovered she can start going in on the days she can manage,” Chloe said.
“The support has been amazing, lots of different people sending their love.
“I find it easier to talk about it now then I did at the beginning. It’s good to get it out so it’s not all kept inside.
“It’s really hard but she has been keeping us all going.”
Family friends Kelly Stevens and Laura Atkin came up with the idea to raise money to not only show their love and support, but to also help
Chloe and Lexie’s dad, 29-year-old Ashley Smith.
Kelly, 42, from West Drayton, said: “We both wanted to do this so we could get Lexie’s story out there and arrange different events to make as much money as possible to be able to hopefully send her on a trip of a life-time once she recovers from this.
“It’s very important to myself and my sister to try our hardest to get this
money for Lexie. We strongly believe that no adults should have to deal with chemotherapy, let alone a sixyear-old.
“She should be enjoying life playing like all other children her age, so this will give her something to look forward to.”
In just nine days more than £700 has been raised to help contribute towards Lexie’s well-deserved holiday.
“We are overwhelmed with the response we have already had in such a small amount of time, really show that we can pull together as a family and community,” Kelly added.
The team have plenty of fundraising events planned, including a ladies night at Richings Sports Park next month, a RatPack night at West Drayton Ivyleaf club and a children’s Halloween party.
Lexie in hospital with mum Chloe and dad Ashley