Saturday, November 10, 2012

Home At Last

Sorry we haven't posted in so long.  Lately we have been trying to get into as normal of a routine as we can.  Lexe has been enjoying her time at home.  She has kept busy by building a bookcase, eating home cooked meals, going on bike rides, and going to the movies.  If anyone is looking for a good movie to go see, we highly recommend Pitch Perfect.  Lexe's energy levels continue to build but she still has days where she is fatigued.  Hopefully these days will lessen with time.  Her hair, eyebrows and eyelashes are starting to return.  Our lives are starting to feel normal again.  Over the last few weeks Lexe has had the opportunity to watch several of her Utah Avalanche teammates plays college soccer games.  She is anxious to get out onto the pitch herself.

On Monday her blood was drawn and we found out her platelets were high enough to get her central line out!  She will be getting it out on Tuesday the 13th (what a great number).  We are very excited because this means she will be able to start training again.  Unfortunately her ANC was only 500 which means she will still need to be cautious around people.  This coming Monday Lexe will start working part-time for the family company.  Time to earn some money!  Lexe will start training with a dear family friend Mark Aberton, she will also take the field with some younger Utah Avalanche age groups to get her playing legs back.

This past Wednesday, Lexe got to meet her lifetime hero, Steve Nash, thanks to Jeremiah Jensen of KSL Sports.  The Jazz organization was kind enough to provide us with tickets to the Jazz versus Lakers game this week.  The Jazz public relations people made arrangements with the Lakers for a private meeting with Steve Nash at the conclusion of the game. During the game we discovered the man sitting next to us, Jeff Hennessy, wears two orange ribbons in his shoelaces, one for Lexe, and one for his wife Carla who also has AML.  The Hennessy family is aware of Lexe's fight through her blog and Carla has been involved in a fierce fight with AML.  What a coincidence that our families were seated next to each other.    After the conclusion of the game Lexe was able to go down to the Laker locker room and talk to Steve.   He was very classy and Lexe really enjoyed her time with him. 

Lexe and her hero Steve Nash

This December at the Festival of Trees, our friends, Jenn Heslop and Jackie Jones, have spearheaded a tree for Lexe. The theme of the tree is soccer and they have put in lots of time to make it look awesome. We appreciate all the hard work of everyone who has helped or donated funds to make it possible. Be sure to attend this event as all proceeds go to Primary Children's Hospital. The festival dates are November 28 - December 1 at the South Town Expo Center.

Thank you for all you kindness, love, and support. We couldn't have done this without all of you. 

 Forever Love, 
    Selman Family

Friday, October 12, 2012

Lexe suffered a bit of a setback today.  For the last couple of days Lexe felt okay but not great.  This afternoon Lexe started running a fever and it spiked high enough to be told by the oncology clinic to take her to the emergency department at Primary Children's hospital.  Once at the emergency room Lexe's fever spiked to 102.7 and her heart rate jumped to around 140 beats per minute.  Her vital signs prompted a shock response protocol and they pumped 2 liters of fluids into her in short order.  Lexe was also given an Intensive Care Unit consult to see if her condition required admission into the ICU.  Blood was drawn from Lexe's central line and cultures were started to see if she has a bacterial infection in her blood.  The cultures will take 24 to 48 hours to grow out.  After a long stay in the ER, Lexe was admitted inpatient to the cancer unit.  Hopefully tonight will be a quite night and Lexe will be able to get some rest.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

It has been awhile since our last post, sorry.  Many people have asked for an update so here we go:  Lexe concluded her fourth and final round of chemo 12 days ago and rang the completion bell!  Her physicians made the decision to send Lexe home with 0 immunities.  She has now been home for 12 days and we have all enjoyed our time at home together as a family.  Lexe's immunities have been slow to recover.  She is having her levels checked twice per week and as of yesterday her ANC is only at 200, which is not yet a safe level.  Lexe was scheduled for her final bone marrow aspirate and spinal tap on Wednesday the 10th.  However, due to Lexe's lack of adequate immunities, the scheduled procedures have been postponed one week. These two test are going to determine whether on not Lexe is leukemia free. We are all anxious to have the tests done and the final results in our hands.

Lexe has spent her time at home eating, sleeping, organizing her room and doing some light hiking.  She has been infection free and her energy levels have been pretty good.  Some days are better than others but overall she is doing great.  Lexe has reconnected with many of her friends and is excited to have the final tests conducted and her central line removed.  Once the line is removed, which will happen about one week after all test results come back "clean",  Lexe plans on starting her journey back to soccer.   Lexe's body has taken a hit and she is going to face a mountain of work.

Once we have the final test results, we will let everyone know the results.  We are all very confident that Lexe has beaten leukemia.

Thank you to everyone for the prayers, well wishes and concern.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lexe remains in the hospital.  Today marks the 28th day of her round four stay.  She still has no immunities.  Todays lab results showed, again, an Absolute Neutrophil Count of 0.  Lexe is resting comfortably and has been able to stay infection free.  She continues to receive units of both packed red blood cells and platelets.  This will continue until her bone marrow "wakes up" and her body starts to produce blood cells on its own.  Its hard to say how long it will take Lexe to start producing cells but we have been told that recovery from round four is usually the longest.  Most patient need at least 40 days.  We sure hope that Lexe is able to beat that number.  Our entire family, and especially Lexe, is ready for a permanent reprieve from the hospital.  Until then we are all keeping our fingers crossed that Lexe will remain infection free.

Yesterday Lexe's University of Arizona soccer team had a hugh win over nationally ranked Cal Bears. It was fun to track the game.  The game was televised on Pac-12 TV and the following link contains a small segment explaining to the televised audience why Arizona's warm ups all are #13:

Arizona honors teammate with Leukemia

Once Lexe starts to show positive cell activity we will let everyone know.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Over the past few days Lexe has been fever free.  The powerful combination of antibiotics she is receiving are working.  Her latest blood cultures have shown no bacteria growth.  Lexe has felt very sick over the last couple of days most likely the result of her current drugs.  Her stomach is taking a real pounding and she is constantly nauseated.  She has forgotten what it feels like to feel "good".   Lexe has told us that her current medications make her feel worse than being on chemo.  Unfortunately she will need to continue taking these antibiotics for several more days.  The latest lab results show that Lexe still does not have any immunities.  Its hard to say when Lexe's immunity system will rebound but it could be a week or more.  This zero immunity period is frightening.

Despite the way she feels, Lexe is a real joy to be around.  She is focusing on the future and is anxious to restart her life.  Lexe is the most positive person we know.  The finishing line is in sight!!

The following link is a story about Lexe told through the eyes of one of her Utah Avalanche teammates who is currently playing soccer at the University of Southern Utah:

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sorry to report that Lexe had another setback.  Lexe finished her fourth and final round of chemo 8 days ago.  Chemo went pretty good with steroids helping to keep her fevering down.  The biggest concern over the last week was the amount of weight Lexe has lost between rounds 3 and 4.  Her providers were working on a strategy to help her regain some of her lost weight.

Early Sunday morning Lexe awoke to a rather large fever, 103 to 104 degrees, and had her blood cultured for bacteria.  We found out last night that Lexe cultured positive for a gram stain negative bacteria.  She is again septic.  This sepsis is a result of her having no immunities.  She has started to fever really hard and is very nauseated.  Her blood pressures have had periods of being very low.  She required an IV bolus this morning to help get her blood pressures up.  So far she has avoided a return trip to the Intensive Care Unit.  Lexe continues to receive units of both platelets and blood.  She has required demerol to help control the rigors, a condition of sever shivering brought about by fevering.  Lexe is currently on four different antibiotics, Vancomycin, Fortaz, Flagyl, and Gentamicin.  These antibiotics are very powerful and hopefully will kill the bacteria causing all the issues.  Further blood culturing, results we are waiting for, will help further nail down the best drugs to use against this bacteria.  Lexe is also c difficile positive.  C difficile is a bacteria that we all have in our digestive tracts.  Constant antibiotic use, and chemotherapy, can cause c diff to overtake all the good bacteria in our digestive tracts causing major problems.  This is being treated with the drug Flagyl.

We are very hopeful that her lungs will be spared any trauma from this episode of sepsis.  We expect Lexe to start producing some of her own immunities in the next 10-14 days.  Till then, join us in crossing our fingers!

Monday, September 3, 2012

For all of those who have joined Team Lexe Kicks, if you haven't emailed Hadlee your tee-shirt size, PLEASE DO IT BY THE END OF THE DAY!! This is the only way to guarantee getting the right size!! We also need to order the tee-shirts!! Please email you size to ASAP!!!! Thank you so much!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

We are very happy to report that Lexe received her last dose of chemotherapy this morning at 3:00 AM!!!!  Lexe's fourth and final round of chemo is complete.  The week went pretty good with only a few bumps.  During chemo Lexe was put on steroids every six hours to help keep her Ara-c induced fevers down.  This lead to fluid retention and an ongoing battle with high blood pressure.  Now that chemo is over, Lexe has been taken off of the steroids but her blood pressure continues to be elevated.  We hope that her blood pressure will start to trend down soon.

We now enter the very scary zero immunity zone.  The next 2-3 weeks Lexe will be very vulnerable to infections.  It was at this point last round that Lexe went septic and ended up in the Intensive Care Unit.  Needless to say we have restricted all access to Lexe in an attempt to keep her safe.  Once Lexe's counts recover she will come home hopefully having beat leukemia ready to continue on with her life.

On a very positive note, the bone marrow studies done prior to the start of round 4 showed no evidence of leukemia blasts.  We are very optimistic!!  We are so grateful to all of the many wonderful people who have stood with us during this trying time.  It is impossible to comprehend having taken this unexpected journey without all of you standing should-to-should with us.  Your support has  enabled us to endure this trial.

On Saturday the Tucson Star ran a story on Lexe and her U of A team.  The story was on the front page of the newspaper.  The attached link will take you to the story:
Just a reminder that September is childhood cancer awareness month.  Since our experience with leukemia, we have all become very aware of the many children fighting this terrible disease.  Lexe has formed a team to help raise both awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.  The following information was part of an earlier post.  If possible please join us on September 29th.  We are hopeful that Lexe will be able to attend:

To our Family, Friends and Lexe Supporters,
      On September 29th, CureSearch will be having its annual walk in Salt Lake City. The walk will be held at Sugar House Park (1300East 2100 South). CureSearch is a organization that raises money and awareness strictly for childhood cancer (most cancer organization only give 4% to childhood cancer). The walk consists of individual teams. Each of these teams are made in honor of a child who is fighting or has fought cancer. Each team raises money, all of which  goes towards finding a cure for all types of childhood cancer.
     We have made a team in honor of Lexe called "Team Lexe Kicks". We would love to have as many team members as we can! To register for "Team Lexe Kicks", you can go to our team page which is
     To register, click on the 'register' button. Then click on the picture of Utah. It will take you to the link for the Utah race. Click on that link and agree to the waiver. It will then take you to a page where you select what type of team. Click on Join a team. After that type in the name 'Team Lexe Kicks' and select our team. You will then be directed to our team page. At the top of the page, right under the title, is a 'join our team' button. Click on that and then fill out your information and donation amount. (It is a $10 registration fee for anyone over the age of 15). Click submit and you are done! Those who register before September 2nd will receive a Lexe t-shirt to wear at the walk.  Also, even if you don't participate in the actual walk, you can still donate money to our team.

     To get more information on CureSearch, what it does and the walk, go If you have any questions regarding Team Lexe Kicks, please email Hadlee at Also, after you have registered, email us your name(s) and t-shirt size(s). Thank you for all of your love and support! We hope you can join us in this event to "Kick Cancer!"

Monday, August 27, 2012

After only one week at home following a difficult round of chemotherapy, compounded by a life threatening stay in the Intensive Care Unit, Lexe reported to the hospital to begin her 4th and final round of chemo.  The day started with a visit to the Cardiology Department for an echocardiogram and an EKG.  Lexe then had clinic with her Oncologist who drew labs and examined her.  Clinic was followed by a spinal tap and bone marrow aspirate in the outpatient surgical suite.  Following the surgical procedures, Lexe walked herself up to the Cancer Unit to begin chemotherapy.  She did not want to be pushed in a wheelchair.

This round of chemo will last six days.  Chemo will be administered twice per day.  Lexe will be given both Ara-C and Mitoxantrone.  Mitroxantrone will be given for the first time and is a pretty nasty drug.  The drug is actually blue in color and hard on the heart.  The fourth and final round is called Intensification II.

During clinic Lexe was told that her heart has been slightly effected by a combination of chemotherapy and the shock of her Intensive Care experience.  The echocardiogram she received today was compared to her first echocardiogram given prior to any treatment.  Lexe's heart is not squeezing as hard today as it was prior to treatment.  Her physician is hopeful that this condition will correct itself once treatment is concluded and Lexe is fully recovered.  As added protection for her heart, prior to Lexe receiving her dose of Mitroxane, she will be given the drug Dexrazoxane which helps protect the heart against cardiotoxic agents.

Lexe has lost weight and is still a bit fragile but her physicians feel that pushing ahead with the final round gives her the best chance to beat leukemia.  We are all a bit nervous about things but we have put our trust in Lexe's providers and are hoping for a smooth course of treatment.  Lexe is calm and confident and is constantly telling us that everything will work out just fine.  So with Lexe's confidence we forge ahead!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

After 17 long challenging days, Lexe was released from the Intensive Care Unit last Sunday.  We are grateful for the wonderfully skilled providers who attended to Lexe during her stay.  Lexe has little recollection of her stay in the ICU which is a good thing.   Lexe was transferred back to the regular cancer unit where she spent Sunday night.  After meeting with her Oncologists on Monday, Lexe was sent home.  It is amazing that she does not need oxygen given the shape her lungs are in.  Lexe is doing her part to fight through this setback.  She is weak and somewhat frail but we are so glad she is home.  Everything Lexe does takes a lot of effort including walking, stairs, eating etc.

Lexe's third round welcome home sign

It has been decided that Lexe will start her 4th and final round of chemo next Monday.  She will have another bone marrow aspirate and spinal tap followed by the start of a six day chemo cycle.  We are all very nervous given the events of the last several weeks.  We are trying really hard to get Lexe to eat and have till Monday to get some of her weight back.  Lexe will be followed by the Pulmonary team over the remainder of her treatment.  They want to baseline her pulmonary abilities once she is strong enough to take the Pulmonary Function Test.  Lexe will need to perform regular lung exercises for the foreseeable future.  In order to minimize complications during round four, we have decided, in conjunction with Lexe's physicians, to limit Lexe's exposure to visitors.  This was a difficult yet necessary decision.  We encourage all of Lexe's support group to continue to stay in touch with Lexe via texting, Facebook, Skype, phone calls, emails, or blog messaging.  This ordeal will soon be over and at some point normalcy will return!  Please keep your relationship with Lexe active!

Lisa Oyen, U of A soccer coach, forwarded to us a great picture last week.  The team is wearing a special warm up top this year in honor of Lexe.  Every warm up jersey will be number 13, Lexe's number.  The girls have all reached out to Lexe via texts, Facebook or letters.  Even though we have never had the privilege of meeting many of these young ladies, they hold a special place in our hearts.  Thank you girls!!  The attached link tells the story:

Lexe's future U of A teammates honoring her by wearing number 13 on their warmups.

Lexe's friend Ellee Duke the performer who wrote "I Came To Win --Lexe's Song", has now hosted the song on iTunes.  Ellee will soon release her first album which I believe includes "I Came To Win".  All proceeds from purchasing the single off of iTunes will go to Lexe.  We feel, as does Ellee and her family, that the song was heavenly inspired.  Ellee wrote the song April 22nd just days after Lexe's diagnosis.  Little did we know then just how true the lyrics of her song would come to be.  Thank you again Ellee for such a beautiful inspired song. Please support both Ellee and Lexe and download this great song.  The song will compliment any playlist. The attached youtube link is Ellee introducing her song:

Wish Lexe luck as she begins her fight with the FINAL ROUND!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

We are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.  Lexe is still in the Intensive Care Unit.  Her lungs are still sick but today she was taken off of the vent and put on high flow oxygen.  Her chest x-ray looked pretty good today, there is still room for improvement.  Lexe was so happy to have the vent tube taken out.  She can now smile and finally drink.  Her throat is very sore and her voice is weak but that should resolve over the next couple of days.  The plan is to keep Lexe in the ICU for the next several days.  She has been cleared to start eating soft foods but she has no appetite.  They placed an NJ Tube in her about 10 days ago so she has received some calories.  Lexe will soon be moved back to the cancer unit to continue her recovery.  She lost weight and muscle mass over the past two weeks so she needs to take on as many calories as possible.  Lexe's physicians have told us that recovery from ARDS can take months.

One of the physician in the ICU told us today that immunocompromised patients that develop septicemia from Streptococcus Midas have a mortality rate of 60%.  Add to that Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which  has a 40% mortality rate, and it is easy to conclude that Lexe beat some tough odds.  The reality of how sick Lexe got is very sobering.

The past 15 days have been a very trying experience for our family and certainly for Lexe.  We have felt the prayers and support from everyone.  Lexe has had well over 110,000 hits on her blog from all over the world.   Concentrated hits have come from the United States, Canada, UK, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Australia, Austria, Netherlands, Brazil, Ukraine, Belgium and the list goes on.  We are touched that so many people have taken an interest in Lexe.

Monday, August 13, 2012

We feel we may have reached a point of stability.  We think we are safe in saying that but are never really sure so this post is written with crossed fingers.  Lexe's lungs are still very sick but today we were able to see more of her ribs, her diaphragm and a better view of her heart on the chest x-ray.  The bottom half of both lungs are still cloudy.  All of her IVs have been removed and medications are being administered through her central line.  The plan is to start stepping down her pain medication to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Now that Lexe has developed some of her own immunities she has been moved into a new room in the Intensive Care Unit.  She has windows which allow her to start adjusting to day and night cycles.  The room is also in a low traffic area of the ICU helping her  develop a normal sleep cycle.  She continues to be on the vent.  The plan is to work towards having the vent taken off near the end of the week if her lungs cooperate.  Lexe is very weak and it is a struggle to even raise her arms.  They sat her up today for the first time and she was able to tolerate it for about 15 minutes.  Lexe's body has really been taxed during the last 11 days and recovery is going to take time.  We are so grateful for the wonderful staff of caregivers in the PICU, they saved her life.

Lexe still needs to complete the last round of her chemotherapy to treat her leukemia.  It's hard for us to even image the thought.  I guess we can worry about that after we get her out of the ICU and stronger.

Thank you again for all the prayers and well wishes that our family has received during this very trying ordeal.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

This morning at 4:00 am Lexe started have troubles keeping her oxygen saturations levels in a normal range.  Her ventilator pressures needed to be increased again in order for her to get enough oxygen.  This is a setback!!  Her chest x-ray this morning showed increased secretions in her lungs.  Her heart is again rolling left against her lung.  We will find out this morning what the game plan is for the day.

Lexe body is fevering hard and she is trying to cough.  Now that she is off the paralytic medicine you can see her facial expressions and it breaks our hearts to see her pain.  Every time they suction her lungs through her vent tube Lexe will squeeze your hand with great force.  It seems to be a very unpleasant experience.  She is disoriented yet aware of her situation.  On occasion we see her tears.  We write most of these posts through our own tears as well.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The last nine days have been an emotional roller coaster for our family.  We have come to understand that things in the Intensive Care Unit change very rapidly.  Don't ever get comfortable because you never know what is coming next.  With that in mind, Lexe has had a good last couple of days.  We are afraid to even say that!!

Today Lexe's ANC count, a measure of her own bodies immunity, jumped from 300 to 1400.  It is rare to see such a jump over a 24 hour period.  It now means that Lexe can help herself in clearing out her own lungs.  Several day ago Lexe was placed on an oscillating vent to help break up the material in her lungs.  This type of vent sends small rapid infusions of oxygen into the lungs, shaking them, to help diffuse all the secretions.  Today Lexe was transitioned back to a regular vent.  She tolerated the transition and seems to be much more comfortable with the vent.  Lexe was also taken off the paralytic medication but remains heavily sedated.  Lexe continues to fever.  She remains on the cooling blanket, however, now she is off the paralytic medication her shivering reflex is active making the blanket less effective because shivering heats the body.

It was tough for us to leave her tonight because she was in pain and very disoriented.  She was trying to communicate with us but with the vent tube in her mouth it was impossible.  The next step will be to try and take her off the ventilator.  We don't know when that will be but we will keep everyone posted.  We are all praying for this ICU experience to be over.  We are so proud of Lexe.  She is fighting so hard her spirit and determination are amazing.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Yesterday started out with such promise.  We were all expecting a great day but unfortunately Lexe suffered a setback around 1:00 pm.  Lexe's left lung collapsed causing her oxygen saturation rates to drop to life threatening levels.  It was a very tense situation as the team of providers in the ICU worked hard to stabilize Lexe.  It was very hard to watch.

The decision was made to perform a bronchoscopy.  The pulmonary team inserted a camera and cannula into her lungs to deep suction her lung fields.  She has very thick secretions in both lungs making suctioning difficult.  The physician removed as much of the secretions as possible.  Lexe tolerated the procedure well.  Later in the day her left lung re-inflated. Both lungs still contain secretions affecting Lexe's respiratory output.  She remains ventilated and sedated.  However we hope her oxygen saturation level will improve.

Today the pulmonary team performed another bronchoscopy and removed more of the secretions.  At present Lexe remains critically ill.  We are very hopeful that Lexe can have a quiet evening.  Her heart continues to beat strong and hard, and her fluid output is improving.  At some point, most likely today, Lexe's paralytic medication will be reduced.  She needs to start moving to prevent secondary problems associated with her paralytic state.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Today has been a day of Lexe holding her own.  She is putting up a big fight!!  The medical team in the Intensive Care Unit have been able to stabilize Lexe's blood pressure for now.  She continues to be reliant on Norepinephrine to help her keep a viable blood pressure.   Today's chest x-ray showed her lungs to be worse than yesterday.  Lexe continues to bleed from her lungs.  To minimize coughing and the chance of further lung irritation, Lexe has been put on a full time IV paralyzing her.  Lexe continues to fever at a high rate and is on a cooling blanket most of the time.  Being paralyzed helps Lexe not shiver as she cools.  Lexe has stopped responding to the drug they were giving her to reduce her fever.  When cooled down Lexe's heart rate drops which is a really good thing.  Lexe's heart continues to beat at a very high rate.

One big issue facing Lexe right now is fluid overload.  Her volume of fluid intake is outpacing her output.  This is causing fluid issues with the lungs and heart.  At present they are working on keeping her blood pressure up and giving her medication to help her process fluids.  It is a tough balancing act involving many different drug combinations.  At present Lexe has 10 different IV pumps working to deliver a wide spectrum of drug and blood products.

We are very hopeful that Lexe's kidneys will continue to be efficient.  They have been stressed over the  last several days.

We are praying for an uneventful night!!

Thank you for all the help you have given our family during this very stressful time.  We are especially grateful for the kind words and prayers that have been sent our way.  We are blessed to have so many people concerned for our family.

Monday, August 6, 2012

We are very sad to report that Lexe situation has continued to deteriorate.  This morning she was unable to breath on her own and was sedated and put on a breathing tube.  All of her breathing is now being done by a machine.  Lexe has been chemically paralyzed and put on a cooling pad to reduce her core temperature.  It appears that the bacteria is now having a negative effect on her lungs.  Lexe's heart functions are also not so great right now with a resting heart beat of around 115-125 beats per minute.  Her heart is working really hard right now and is enlarged with some fluid in her heart sack.  We have been told that Lexe is in critical/stable condition.  The nursing and physician staff in the ICU are great and are giving Lexe the best care in the world.

We as a family are very worried and are praying for her to catch a break!  It seems that the Intensive Care Unit will be our home for some time.  Please pray for Lexe we all need her in our lives for many years to come.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Since the conclusion of Lexe's third round of chemo she had been doing very well up until Thursday night. Her blood pressure dropped to dangerously low levels and was accompanied by extremely high fevers, ranging from 103-107 degrees. Because of the low blood pressure, she was taken down to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. A blood culture confirmed that she had a bacterial infection in her blood and she was immediately put on antibiotics. The antibiotics are working and she is no longer septic, but has developed further complications including Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). ARDS compromises the ability to breathe and it became very difficult for her to breathe last night. The decision was made this morning to put her on a BIPAP machine. The BIPAP forced air into lungs so that she can properly oxygenate. Lexe is expected to be in the PICU for several more days, during which they will try to get her breathing on her own. At this time we have to limit Lexe's visitors to immediate family only.  We are grateful for the fasting and prayers on our behalf. We love you all.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

To our Family, Friends and Lexe Supporters,
      On September 29th, CureSearch will be having its annual walk in Salt Lake City. The walk will be held at Sugar House Park (1300East 2100 South). CureSearch is a organization that raises money and awareness strictly for childhood cancer (most cancer organization only give 4% to childhood cancer). The walk consists of individual teams. Each of these teams are made in honor of a child who is fighting or has fought cancer. Each team raises money, all of which  goes towards finding a cure for all types of childhood cancer.
     We have made a team in honor of Lexe called "Team Lexe Kicks". We would love to have as many team members as we can! To register for "Team Lexe Kicks", you can go to our team page which is
     To register, click on the 'register' button. Then click on the picture of Utah. It will take you to the link for the Utah race. Click on that link and agree to the waiver. It will then take you to a page where you select what type of team. Click on Join a team. After that type in the name 'Team Lexe Kicks' and select our team. You will then be directed to our team page. At the top of the page, right under the title, is a 'join our team' button. Click on that and then fill out your information and donation amount. (It is a $10 registration fee for anyone over the age of 15). Click submit and you are done! Those who register before September 2nd will receive a Lexe t-shirt to wear at the walk.  Also, even if you don't participate in the actual walk, you can still donate money to our team.
     To get more information on CureSearch, what it does and the walk, go to If you have any questions regarding Team Lexe Kicks, please email Hadlee at Also, after you have registered, email us your name(s) and t-shirt size(s). Thank you for all of your love and support! We hope you can join us in this event to "Kick Cancer!"

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Lexe started her third round of chemotherapy last friday evening.  She will be dosed in the morning and evening thru this coming Wednesday.  As mentioned earlier, her chemo will be a total of five days.  The duration is shorter than previous rounds but the dosage she is receiving is much higher.  Things are going okay.  Lexe has developed a sore throat, most likely a result of the chemo.  Chemotherapy destroys the fast growing cells in the body which include the lining in the mouth and throat.  As expected during chemo, Lexe has no appetite.

As a preventative measure against chemo induced fevers, Lexe has been put on a steroid that she gets prior to every chemo dose.  Unfortunately the steroids are leaving Lexe looking kinda puffy right now. A small price to pay to keep the fevers away.

Last Tuesday Danielle Sunderhaus, one of the coaches at the University of Arizona, came to visit Lexe at our home.  We have now had all three of Lexe's coaches out to our home.  We had a great visit went to lunch and then drove up to Snowbird Ski Resort to take a tram ride.  It was fun!  We are really looking forward to following the U of A soccer team and know that they are in for a good season.

Lexe and Danielle at the top of Snowbird
Jenn Heslop once again decorated Lexe's hospital room.  The room theme for round three is "Laughter Is The Best Medicine".  Lexe's room is covered in jokes from family and friends.  Thanks Jenn and Carli!!

Round three room theme

Jokes like this one are all over the walls

Each strip of the banners contain a joke that visitors pull and share
Come Wednesday the last of the chemo for round three will be done!!!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Lexe has really enjoyed her time at home.  Everything feels so normal.  However, all good things must come to an end.  This coming Wednesday Lexe is scheduled for both a bone marrow aspirate and a spinal tap.  This will be outpatient surgery and Lexe will return home after the two procedures.  She will be readmitted to the hospital on Friday morning for the start of chemo...round three.  Chemo will be given for only five days, unfortunately, the strength of the chemo will increase ten fold!!  At this point Lexe's attitude is lets get to the hospital so we can get this over with.

During this break from the hospital Lexe has turned to golf for exercise.  Lexe and Laurie have taken a lesson and spent time on the driving range.  Lexe has developed a very good golf swing.

Last week lexe received a package in the mail from Amy Rodriguez, a forward on the USA Women's National Team.  Amy wrote Lexe a really cool letter and included a shirt signed by the entire Women's National Team.  The team played a final warm up match against Canada in Salt Lake City on June 30th
and then departed to London for the olympic games.  Really awesome of Amy to take an interest in Lexe.

Jersey signed by US National Team
Overall things are going well.  Lexe is positive and happy.  Life is good!!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Round two officially ended with Lexe coming home on Tuesday.  It is great to have her home.   Our wonderful friends once again greeted Lexe with some cool signage.  It sure is nice to know that this unexpected journey is 50% complete.

Lexe will be home for 10-14 days depending on how fast her counts recover.  Until then it will be a steady diet of home cooking and a comfortable bed.

The KSL SportsBeat Saturday segment aired last Saturday and we feel that they did a great job. Jeremiah Jensen provided me with the following link to the story:

We have received many comments from people, suffering from a variety of difficult illnesses and situations, who have been buoyed up by Lexe's positive outlook.  It is a blessing to all of us that Lexe has chosen to fight cancer with such an amazing attitude.  She is mature beyond her years.  We all hope that the media exposure that Lexe's story is receiving continues to help others and focuses attention to the fact that many people are battling cancer, especially leukemia.

We stumbled across this great picture of Lexe receiving her high school diploma from Alta High School Principal Fidel Montero.  The whole event was so rushed we were never really able to take a good picture.  This one really captures the moment.

Lexe and Alta Principal Fidel Montero
A good friend brought Lexe a puppy to play with for the evening
Thanks again to all of our support group.  We know we can't do this without you all.

Friday, June 29, 2012

For those who may be interested, KSL, Salt Lake City channel 5, is airing a segment on Lexe Saturday June 30th.  The segment will air at 6:30 pm and again at 10:35 pm.

Lexe is developing some positive cell activity.  We are all hoping that she can come home some time next week.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

It has been awhile since our last post.  Lexe has concluded round 2 of chemo and is now in count recovery mode.  Lexe's ANC count is 0, meaning no immunities,  and she is reliant on blood and platelet transfusions.  Things are going good, no fevers or other illnesses just a waiting game.  Its hard to say how long it will take Lexe's body to start producing cells but hopefully she can come home in about 2 weeks time.

 A group of soccer players and coaches from the Netherlands, who were in Utah running soccer camps, heard of Lexe's story watched her goal on youtube and requested a visit with Lexe.  The visit was arranged by one of our neighbors.  They are a great group of folks.  Lexe was given some cool gifts from the Netherlands.

Lexe's new Dutch friends
Lexe's U of A coach, Lisa Oyen, shared with us a link to a short article on Lexe in Wildcat Wednesday,  a University of Arizona Athletic Department publication.  Scroll down once you open the link and the article is called "Courage Personified".  Again the school continues to stand strong behind Lexe.  Go Cats!

Last Monday Lexe was visited by a special friend, Taleah Stevenson.  Taleah is 3 years old and a fellow leukemia patient and is doing great!  Laurie's good friend, Trisha Orr is Taleah's grandmother.  The fight against cancer bonds together people of all ages and sizes.

Lexe and Taleah
Jeremiah Jensen texted us yesterday to tell us that KSL will be airing a segment on Lexe during next weekends Sportsbeat Sunday program.  Jeremiah spent several hours in our home and is a great guy.  We are interested to see how the segment rolls out.

We are all doing great.  In a few weeks time we can officially declare this experience 1/2 over.  Lexe remains upbeat and happy.  Despite some hard days, we all feel blessed that Lexe is so strong, both physically and mentally.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Round two of chemo has been a bit rough.  Today is day six of eight.  There is light at the end of the tunnel!!  Lexe had several nights of very high fevers.  During one tough night Lexe's fever spiked up to 106 degrees.  She had an episode of the rigors, extreme shaking and shivering, that needed to be controlled with Demerol.  The nursing staff at Primary Children's is outstanding and they have worked very hard to keep Lexe's fevers and nausea under control.  Eating is difficult right now.  Lexe has developed mouth and throat sores that make swallowing very painful.  She is currently using a morphine pump to manage  the pain.  In typical Lexe fashion, she needs to be forced to use the pump.  Getting an honest pain indication from Lexe is usually a negotiation.  Lexe is one tough cookie!!!

Thank you to all of our support team who have provided our family with meals, rides, gifts, gardening and the list goes on.  Most of all thank you to those who have provided a shoulder to lean on during crummy days.  

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Round two of chemo is officially underway.  Lexe was admitted to the hospital on Friday morning and the day began with a spinal tap and chemo in the spinal column followed by the start of chemo in the evening.  The next round will be much like the first round, ten days of chemo every morning and evening.  Lexe will be in the hospital again for approximately one month.  

Lexe is currently not feeling well she is already running a fever.  Darn!!

It was wonderful having Lexe at home, we felt normal for a couple of weeks.  The highlight was her graduation.  Lexe was able to attend her graduation and even walked to get her diploma.  She was seated away from the graduating students and was one of the first names read.  Lexe walked and we went straight home.  Not ideal, but she made it!!

being received by school administration


Diploma in hand, we headed for the exit

Lexe Selman, class of 2012
The goal Lexe scored during her Utah Avalanche Tournament last Saturday, the game she was not supposed to be in, is receiving a lot of media attention.  We were happy that someone captured the goal on film but we did not expect to receive this much attention from it.  Lexe's goal, and story, was the lead off story on Fox13 several nights ago.  Rick Aaron came to our house and interviewed Lexe and several Avalanche teammates along with her Coach Jo Barney.  We felt that Rick did a great job with the story and we were happy that he focused significant attention on cancer awareness and AML.

This same story with be played again Sunday night at 10:05 PM on Fox 13 Sports Page.

KSL Sports Beat will be featuring Lexe and her fight with cancer towards the end of June.  Jeremiah Jensen spent a couple of hours at our home last week interviewing Lexe and our family for the story.  Jeremiah promised us that he would devote a substantial amount of time to cancer awareness and leukemia.

Thank you to all those who been so very kind to our family.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The last several days have been great!  Lexe has continued to enjoy her time at home.  Last Friday, Lexe had her bone marrow aspirate and we expect to get the lab results back Monday or Tuesday.  Keep your fingers crossed.

This past weekend Lexe's Utah Avalanche club team played two games in Park City against a team from Colorado.  Lexe's physician gave her permission to warm up with her team.  Well as it turned out, Lexe's coach decided at the last minute to let Lexe start the game and take the opening kick.  She was supposed to kick the ball out of play and then leave the field.  But once the whistle blew, it was game on!  She jumped into the game full tilt with her central line and all.  She ended up scoring an amazing goal less than one minute into the game.  One of her U of A coaches was at the game and his comment was "this is something out of the movies".  It was one of the most remarkable things we have ever seen.  One of the spectators at the game filmed the goal and put it up on YouTube.  The link is below.

Lexe warming up with her team 

Lexe's Avalanche family, her "94" team mates.

Moments before the start of the game on Saturday.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Home Sweet home.  The last seven days at home have been great.  Lexe has really enjoyed her time at home and has stayed healthy!!  Lexe has spent a lot of time resting and eating home cooking.  We had a fun time last Friday celebrating Lexe's 18th birthday.  A few of Lexe's friends came by and we ended up watching a movie and grilling burgers.  Lexe felt it was one of her best birthdays ever.

The Campbell's and the Reinbold's gave Lexe a cool pair of orange nikes for her birthday
Happy 18th

Birthday visitors

On Sunday Elle Duke and her mom came by the house, Elle wrote "I came to win" - Lexe's Song, and sang to Lexe.  Elle is a very talented young lady and her songs were awesome.  We all enjoyed the visit and appreciate the interest the Duke family has shown our family.  Elle is ready to release her first album and we can't wait to purchase it!

Marci Duke top right, Elle Duke bottom right

On Memorial Day, Lexe, Laurie and her sister Mackenzie went for a hike up Bell Canyon in Sandy.  It was a beautiful day and Lexe did great on the hike.  Tons of energy. 

Lexe and her sister Mackenzie up Bell Canyon

Laurie and Lexe

Lexe, Mackenzie and laurie hiking Bell Canyon

Lexe continues to have her health monitored by home health care nurses.  Her ANC count is still only 200.  We are all hoping that her count can get to 500 by the end of the week.  As thing stand, Lexe is scheduled for an echocardiogram, bone marrow aspirate, and spinal tap this coming Friday.  The plan is to admit Lexe to the hospital June 6th and start her second round of chemo.

Alta High gradation is scheduled for June 5th.  Lexe has received permission to attend her graduation!  We have met with high school officials and they are going to work with us to minimize Lexe's exposure to others.  It look like Lexe can sit away from the crowd and will be the first student read.  She is both excited and nervous to attend the graduation.  

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lexe has really enjoyed her last two days at home!!  She has spent her time sleeping in a comfortable bed, eating home cooking, shopping with Laurie, driving again, and attending a soccer game with teammates.  It feels good to have the family together every evening.  Lexe is still taking five different medications, including an antibiotic injected into her line three times per day.  Laurie is in charge of administering all meds and is doing a great job.  Two time per week we have a home health care nurse come to the house to draw blood so that all of Lexe's counts can be monitored.  Today the ANC count was 100 which is still very low.  We need to continue to be cautious.

Garage sign that greeted Lexe at home

Last night Lexe joined her Avalanche "94" teammates at a soccer game in Utah County.  Lexe was one popular girl.  She had to wear her mask but that didn't seem to bother her at all.  She was greeted by teammates, college coaches, and a host of others.  Despite the cold night, it was great to see her enjoying a soccer game.
Lexe surrounded by her teammates
Tomorrow Lexe turns 18! She is planning on having a few friends over for a BBQ.  Probably not the bash Lexe had in mind but I'm sure she will make the best of things.  Once Lexe turns 18, she will be responsible for signing all of her medical documents.

Many people have asked us how the rest of our children are doing.  Mackenzie, our oldest, continues to go to school at BYU Idaho.  Mackenzie wanted to leave school and come home after Lexe was diagnosed but we really wanted her to stay in school.  Last week she was accepted into the nursing program which strengthened her resolve to continue her studies. She wants to be closer to Lexe during this tough time and travels down to SLC every few weeks to spend the weekends.  Mackenzie spent several nights with Lexe while she was in the hospital.  We have encouraged Mackenzie to stay in school and study hard.    The twins, Colby and Hadlee, have also done well.  They have not had much parent time but are very mature children and with the help of our friends continue to attend all of their scheduled activities.  They are independent mature children and we are grateful that they have been able to understand this tough situation and adapt.

The folks at Primary Children's Hospital called today and they have schedule Lexe for an echocardiogram and a bone marrow biopsy to take place next Wednesday. This biopsy will  show if any leukemia cells exist in the marrow.  VERY IMPORTANT BIOPSY!!!  They would like to start the 2nd round of chemo June 1st, however,  Lexe's high school graduation is June 5th and we need to decide if Lexe will attended.  If Lexe attends graduation we may delay chemo until after the ceremony.

Thank you again to all those who continue to support our family

Monday, May 21, 2012

Tomorrow Lexe is coming home!!  After 32 days in the hospital, round 1 of this 4 round fight concludes.  Today we spent most of the day preparing Lexe to leave the hospital.  She received platelet and red blood cell transfusions to "top off" her levels before heading home.  One of Lexe's physicians is going to take her running tonight to help her determine her safe maximum heart rate.  Lexe needs to stay within a set heart rate, and stick to it,  during her recovery stage.

Staying infection and fever free during her time at home will be our focus.  It looks like hand washing will be the norm around the house for everyone coming and going.  Any temp over 100 could lead to readmission to the hospital. Wish us luck.

We are hoping that our family life can return to some sort of normalcy during the next week or so.  I'm sure Lexe is looking forward to some home cooked meals.

Support from the soccer community continues.  Our local MLS professional soccer team, RealSaltLake,  is providing a fund raising opportunity for Lexe.  I believe the Utah Avalanche Soccer Club was instrumental in putting this together for Lexe.  THANK YOU!!

It looks like you have three great games to choose from.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The last few days have been a "cat and mouse" game fighting fevers.  Lexe has been very upbeat over the last several days but has battled a persistent fever.  The mornings are good but as the day progresses her temp gradually rises.  She has been on three different antibiotics including a very powerful drug called Vancomycin.  If the fevers don't resolve by Monday, she will undergo a CT scan of her head, chest, and abdomen.  The purpose of the CT scan is to see if she has developed any areas of infection in her body.

Her counts have dropped again, mostly due to the fevers, but we remain optimistic that they will improve soon.  Lexe has now been in the hospital for one month.  Her goal continues to be discharged before her birthday on the 25th.  Keep your fingers crossed.

We were contacted by the Make-a Wish Foundation this week and they are going to grant Lexe a wish. Lexe is not sure what her wish will be but we will keep everyone posted.  What an awesome organization!!

It has come to our attention that the Utah Avalanche "01" team, and others, held a bake and lemonade sale for Lexe during todays State Cup play.  We are blown away by the many acts of kindness and generosity shown to our family and especially Lexe.  We would like to take this  opportunity to say to the "01" team, and any one else taking part in this, THANK YOU!!  What a thoughtful generous gesture.  The Utah Avalanche club truly is our family.  The following pictures were sent to us today by a "94" parent:

Cupcakes with Lexe's patch made from frosting

State Cup booth

Way cool!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Some good news...  One of Lexe's physicians, Dr. Wright, told us that Lexe has registered an ANC count.  Even though the count is low, it does show some small signs of cell production.  We will continue to monitor her labs and hope for great things to come in the next few days.  We have been told that her ANC count needs to show an improving trend before Lexe can leave the hospital.  Lexe's birthday is the 25th of May and we are all hoping that she can be home for her birthday.

Last nigh Lexe had a minor setback.  She developed a fever that spiked up during the night.  She was aggressively treated with antibiotics and the fever seems to be under control.  Unfortunately, fevers have an adverse effect on ANC count.

Over the next few days we will try to keep Lexe fever free, kick back and grow some cells.  If all goes well hopefully Lexe can come home for a week or so and officially conclude "round one".

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day! We spent a very nice Mother's Days together as a family at Primary Children's Medical Center.  We ordered pizza from Settebello Pizzeria, best pizza in Salt Lake City, and had a great Mother's Day feast.  Lexe continues to do well.  Her counts, particularly her ANC, continue to show 0.  Hopefully in the next few days her bone marrow will start to wake up.

Today Lexe had to move to a different room....major bummer!!   Every few weeks patients in the ICS Unit are required to move to a different room to allow for a deep clean of the room.  I guess this protocol helps with infection control.  Lexe was not very happy, she really liked her room and had it organized just the way she liked it.  Give her a couple of days and she will have her new room styled out.

Lexe continues to go out on her 9:00 PM walks with her buddies Sara and Hunter.  Sara, age 12,  is coming to the end of a tough AML battle and should be set to go home to Montana in a few weeks.  Hunter, age 9, recently relapsed after a long AML hospital stay and is now preparing for a bone marrow transplant.   These kids are brave, tough, happy people.    Several nights ago Lexe left the hospital and went for a short jog, alone, in the area around the hospital.  We are still deciding whether or not that was a good idea.

Lexe's spirits are good, we as a family are doing well.....we feel blessed!

Lexe and Sara
Lexe, Hunter, and Sara going for a stroll

Thursday, May 10, 2012

May 10th

Still patiently waiting for Lexe's numbers to go up.  The most critical one...her ANC count is still at "0".  But we are hopeful that we'll see it start to rise in the next couple of days.  In the meantime Lexe reads, watches lots of episodes "Grey's Anatomy"and anxiously awaits 9 pm when she can take her walk about the hospital.

The awful side effects of chemotherapy are starting to take their toll on Lexe's beautiful dark hair. Although it breaks our hearts to see this happen, Lexe continues to take it all in stride.  She has started to accumulate quite the collection of hats and she ROCKS them all.

Strength, hope and courage.  That is what makes a champion.  God bless and strengthen the champions who battle this hideous disease we call cancer.  You're our heros!!

Take a minute to watch these amazing kids from Seattle Children's Hospital.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Come on cells!!!  Last Wednesday morning was Lexe's last dose of round 1 chemo.  We have been told that it will take 10-14 days for Lexe to start producing new blood cells.  The wait is on.  Lexe continues to be in great spirits.

Hey everyone it's Lexe. I thought it was about time that I posted. First, I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support! I truly feel so loved and its helped me stay healthy this past week. I've been in the hospital for 2 weeks and 4 days now. Thanks to all my wonderful visitors I've never been bored. Now that I'm not being hooked to Ivan, my IV pole, all day it's harder to sit still in my room. Luckily the doctors have started to let me walk around the hospital after 9 P.M. It's hard to wait all day but you take what you can get. It's hard to believe that I'm sick when I feel so good! I don't think people would believe I was sick if I hadn't have cut my hair. Unfortunately I'm starting to lose it and I haven't quite figured out how I feel about that yet. My bed looks like a dog shed all over it but nope, it's just my hair. Right now is a good time because I'm just waiting for my counts to go up. Not too much action going on except sleeping, eating, and sitting around. My nurses comment on how I sleep in but I'm a teenager so I think it should be expected. Well, I think that about wraps things up. Thanks again to everyone for their support! I couldn't do this without you guys:)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Well it has been several days since our last post.  Lexe is now 3 days past her last dose of chemo.  Her blood counts are at rock bottom levels.  Her days are spent resting and a lot of sleeping.  Lexe continues to see visitors, however, we have been advised by her physicians and doctors to keep the visits short.

Lexe is starting to get some of her appetite back.  It is important that she build herself back physically in preparation for round 2 of chemo.

Lexe is starting to get a bit stir crazy.  Today she was kicking her soccer ball around in the room.  Hopefully her blood count will soon recover to a safer level allowing her to leave her room.

We continue to receive a tremendous outpouring of support and love.  Our hearts are full.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Round one of chemo OVER!!  This morning Lexe finished her last dose of chemo.  Three more rounds to go.  Lexe will now spend 21-28 days in the hospital rebuilding her blood counts.  Her spirits are high and we are all encouraged by her determination.  Once Lexe's counts are recovered, we hope she can come home for a week or so before round two begins.

We can't say enough about the nurses at Primary Children's Hospital.  They are talented, kind, caring people.

We hope to get all the media attention behind us and focus on getting Lexe well.  As Lexe has said "she isn't the only one out there with leukemia".  We are not even aware of some of the stuff being run.

Lexe's grandpa made us aware of the Salt Lake Tribune article tonight.


Thanks again for all your support!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

We are coming to the end of chemo--round one.  Lexe has had an amazing last couple of days.  Her last chemo will be given wednesday morning.  She is feeling real tired but continues to be upbeat and happy.  IV antibiotics continue because of an infection but is seems to be under control.  Yesterday her physical therapist came to her room and ran her through a workout.  Lexe busted it out!!!

Yesterday we were contacted by Doug Robinson, a writer with the Deseret News, who wanted to come to the hospital to talk with Lexe.  Today he wrote an article in the paper.  We are posting the link to the story on the blog.

Today, Emerson Lotzia, a channel four sports anchor, came by to do a story on Lexe.  It will air tomorrow night at either 5 or 6:00pm on channel 4.  We will have a link to the story posted tomorrow.
hitting the push ups
Keeping the core tight.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Yesterday Ellee Duke, an aspiring song writer, contacted us regarding a song she wrote for Lexe.  The song is called, "I Came to Win".  Ellee and her mother came to Lexe's hospital room and shared the song with us.  We were touched beyond words.  We have attached the song and a video tribute to Lexe.

Today was a great day for Lexe!!!!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

DRIP, DRIP, DRIP....The chemo continues.  Today was day seven for Lexe.   We have not blogged for awhile sorry.  Lexe has had a rough time over the last couple of days.  The chemo is starting to take its toll on her.  She has suffered from headaches, fainting spells, and most recently an infection that have all added up to a period of very high fevers.  Last night she got up to 102.6 degrees which is not good.  She was given many doses of IV antibiotics and two blood transfusions.  However, Lexe had a good day today.  Mackenzie, her older sister, turned 19 yesterday and today we celebrated with pizza and cake.  

Yesterday, we received great news.  A preliminary analysis of Lexe's bone marrow showed that she should respond favorably to the current treatment plan.  No need to think about a bone marrow transplant at this time.  

We are overwhelmed by the support that we have received.  We are blessed to live in such a great community.  

Lexe spending time with a comfort dog Annie.
Annie is a Golden-doodle.

Lexe and her U fo A coach Lisa Oyen.  We can't say enough about the U of A.
They are standing strong behind Lexe.

Alta art history students lit a candle for Lexe today
 at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.