CONCORD, NC (WBTV) - Lexi Cunningham has had a tough year. The 7-year-old was diagnosed with Leukemia last November, and now almost a year later, she’s in remission and getting used to a being a kid again.
Part of that is getting back to school. Lexi missed the majority of her first grade year as she endured months of rigorous cancer treatments. Now, not only is Lexi back in class at Patriot’s Elementary in Concord, but the Leukemia and Lymphoma society is helping her get back to school in style, with the help of Burlington in Concord. After school on Tuesday, Lexi was surprised with a shopping spree at Burlington to celebrate a healthy start to second grade.
“Last year was kind of rough, she spent the entire school year at home. She was home-bound. So, now she gets to go back and see her friends and get back in the swing of her new normal,” Lexi’s mom, Sarah, said Tuesday.
Lexi’s “new normal” has a lot to do with looking good and feeling good. Lexi’s mom says she her little girl is the fashionista of the family, so when Sarah told Lexi about her surprise shopping spree at Burlington, she was over the moon.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma society partners with Burlington locations all over the country to give feel-good gifts like this to kids with cancer. The Concord location gave Lexi $100 to put towards some fun outfits for school. Overall, in the 17 years they’ve been working with LLS, Burlington has raised over $32 million for the society.
The money spent in Lexi’s honor on Tuesday, was much appreciated and much deserved. Lexi picked out plenty of cozy items full or sparkles and pretty pink details that she’s sure to feel good in.
As Lexi focuses on school, she’s also focusing on others. The 7-year-old is leading a fundraising team for the LLS Light the Night fundraiser. Lexi’s goal is to raise $20,000 before the event on November 10th. You can find more information on Light the Night here.