When Lexi Holland of Lake Charles was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it faltered her career plans after graduating in Criminal Justice from Southern University in May. Now the determined young woman needs our help to continue her battle against the disease.

In 2015, Lexi was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer. During a surgery to remove an enormous mass, one ovary, multiple tumors, 5 inches of her small intestine, and her appendix were also removed. The cancer had spread throughout her body.

Over the course of 6 months, Lexi was treated through chemotherapy, and was cancer free for 3 months before it returned. She went through a second surgery and more chemotherapy, but unfortunately the chemotherapy wasn’t working anymore.

Fighting through the pain and despite an overnight stay at the hospital the day before her graduation, the 22-year-old managed to leave the hospital to make it to her graduation at 8 a.m. to walk across the stage and accept her diploma. She let nothing get in her way of finishing school, not even the doctors advice to sit out for a semester while healing and going through chemotherapy.

With doctors now suggesting that there’s nothing else they can do to cure Lexi’s cancer, she hopes that Oasis of Hope Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico can provide alternative care. The hospital specializes in "treating stage four cancer patients with hard to cure cancers.” Lexi’s survival rate with conventional treatment is 27%, but her survival rate with Oasis of Hope is 54%.

With over $44,000 raised via a GoFundMe account, Lexi and her mother Lana hope to raise $60,000 to afford the medical treatment and money to cover travel to Mexico and back, including meals, the stay at the hospital, treatments, and bills while they are gone. The money raised will also allow Lexi’s mother to stay with her throughout the treatment.

Zion Tabernacle Baptist Church will be holding a dinner fundraiser on Thursday, September 1, at 6:30 p.m., at the Cash & Carry on Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles, featuring live music from saxophonist Mickey Smith, and more to help Lexi reach her goal.

Donations, support, and prayers are appreciated, and for more details contact Sandy Brass at 337.802.7016, or Cynthia Charles at 337.515.3892.

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