Soon after her 3rd birthday, Alexis was diagnosed with leukemia.
It began when she was sent home from daycare with a fever. Angela, her mother, noticed Alexis seemed tired and pale. Once doctors noticed tiny red spots on Alexis’ skin, they ran a few tests and discovered Alexis had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
It’s been nearly three years after Alexis’s treatment began. She’s now finished with chemotherapy, pills, and constant trips to the doctor — her leukemia is at bay, and her life is returning to normal. So when Alexis and her family were contacted about a wish, she told them she wanted to make a cartoon to inspire others with pediatric cancer to be brave even when they’re scared.
They decided to tell the story of Princess Alexis and how she escaped Kemia the dragon.
Kemia was lurking in the Marrow Woods as Princess Alexis played nearby. The dragon swooped in and locked her away in a castle. To escape the castle, Princess Alexis must find a magic wand hidden within its basement. Though the wand will take Princess Alexis’ beautiful hair and her strength, it’s what she must use to defeat Kemia and escape the castle.
Once the animation was finished, Alexis was off to the recording studio to give her character a voice.
With a script, a microphone, and some time, Alexis and her mother both read lines to be included in the final product.
An estimated 2,670 children age 14 and younger will be diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia this year.
It’s the most common form of childhood leukemia. Luckily, it’s pretty treatable, with a five-year survival rate of more than 85%.
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