Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email
CLYDE (WTOL) - The holiday weekend has been anything but a time to celebrate for the Brown family in Clyde.
11-year-old Alexa Brown, who is fighting cancer, has taken a turn for the worse. She's now home with two hospice nurses and family members by her side.
The family has shared with us the days leading up to this weekend.
Just days before, Alexa took a special trip to the Columbus Zoo. It was a day Alexa spent taking pictures of leopards and fish, and she took a ride on the merry-go-round. "We're going to see the baby elephant," Alexa said. She even poked fun at her sister Amanda.
Then on Thursday, July 2 with her hair now missing because of the chemo, she read letters of support from people across the country. "Alexa. What a beautiful name. My name is Jennifer and I live in New York City," began one letter.
That night, not knowing what was ahead, you can hear the hope in the family's voices. Amanda said, "We're still praying for a miracle, and we believe God will give us one."
Her father Warren Brown, visibly upset, tells us about the rough night. "She did not sleep all night last night." He went on to say, "She writhed in pain all day long until about 15 minutes ago."
The family had to take her to the hospital. Warren asks our political leaders why is Washington bailing out businesses and spending money on swine flu when thousands of kids are dying of cancer every year. "What I'd like is for you to get off your duffs in Washington and come sit on this porch in Clyde, Ohio and come speak to me man-to-man and face-to-face and tell me why it is that this child with lots of other children in this country have to suffer in such a way."
The family says Alexa is calm, but the end is near.
The whole reason the family is allowing us a glimpse into their painful moments is to let people know exactly what childhood cancer does to a family. You can follow the family's blog.