Fluvanna Girl Fundraising for Cancer Research in Sister's Memory
Alyssa and Lexie Divers
An eight year-old girl from Fluvanna County is asking for the community's help taking revenge on cancer.
Lexie Divers wants to make sure other children don't have to endure the grief of losing a sibling. Right now, Lexie is the top fundraiser for the Charlottesville Cure Search Walk in September. When she leads team "Live Alyssa Live" around the track, she'll remember her big sister, and take strides toward helping other children fight cancer.
Lexie is just shy of her ninth birthday, but she has the conviction of someone well beyond her years to raise thousands of dollars for the Cure Search Walk to fund childhood cancer research.
"I think it's helping me take my revenge on cancer that stole my best sister - like the best sister in the world," she said.
Lexie's sister Alyssa lost her two year battle with osteosarcoma - a rare form of bone cancer - in December. But the 10-year-old left behind treasured memories and a powerful legacy.
"She said, 'Lexie I hope it doesn't come to this, but if it does and I die, you must remember that I love you.' They have a phenomenal bond," Lynn Divers, Lexie and Alyssa's mother, said.
"Some of my proudest moments with them was to see them enjoy each other so much," Jeff Divers, their father, said.
Lexie says other people try to comfort her, but she still misses her big sister.
"She was so supportive, so kind and so funny and I just loved her and quoting Mary Poppins, I always say, she's practically perfect in every way," Lexie said.
The Divers say Fluvanna has rallied behind their family.
"We couldn't ask for a better supportive community than Fluvanna has been and the wider community has been for us and for Alyssa and now for Lexie as we continue to battle because Alyssa died and that ended one battle but began another," Lynn Divers said.
Now, they're asking the community to support Cure Search - a nonprofit that focuses on under-funded and under-researched pediatric cancers, like osteosarcoma.
"We really want to try and raise money so that other families as they have to battle this, maybe they don't have to battle the part that we're fighting now," Lynn Divers said.
The walk is a way for Lexie to remember Alyssa - and to stand up for her big sister.
"She would always stand up for me," Lexie said.
The Divers hope anyone in the community will join them for two laps around the UVA track for the Cure Search Walk on September 28. Lexie has already raised more than $6,000 toward her goal of $10,000.