This May, four-year-old Alexis Vanbochove and her family received heartbreaking news: she was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare form of inoperable cancer.
Alexis went through 31 days of radiation and even traveled from their home in Hawarden, Iowa to Minneapolis for an experimental treatment. Despite this, doctors found a second tumour in her brain.
Her family tells KELO News that Alexis has remained positive all along.
“She showed a lot of people how strong a little girl can be,” said dad Casey Vanbochove.
Alexis loves receiving Christmas cards in the mail, so her family asked for people to send her some cards. Little did they know, they would begin to receive hundreds of cards from across the U.S.
The Facebook page the Vanbochoves set up for Alexis says that they now have almost 800 cards.
“Makes you feel really good that there’s a lot of good people out there to send a little sick girl Christmas cards,” Casey said.
DIPG is making it difficult for Alexis to speak, but her mom Amanda says that she expresses joy when she receives each Christmas card with a smile.