“Fill ‘er up” took on an entirely new meaning when the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District Transportation Department kicked off a Fill-A-Bus fundraising campaign to fight pediatric cancer and support one of their very own, APW seventh grader Alexis (Lexi) Mettot.
In March of 2013, following an emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor, Lexi was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer known as pilomyxoid astrocytoma.
Lexi spent 26 days in the hospital recovering from the surgery and closely monitored by doctors to determine if any additional treatment would be necessary to fight the cancer.
Doctors determined that Lexi did not need any additional treatment like radiation or chemotherapy and she returned home in late April of 2013. Since her diagnosis, Lexi has undergone two additional surgeries, has routine MRIs to ensure the brain tumor has not returned or metastasized, and has made it her mission to help others.
Lexi and a team of her supporters joined Paige’s Butterfly Run in June of 2013 to help support some of the friends she met during her hospital stay and other children who are fighting some form of pediatric cancer.
Team Lexi raised donations for the non-profit organization and their mission to fund pediatric cancer research and patient programs at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and then joined thousands for a 5K walk/run.
It didn’t stop there.
Team Lexi has rallied once again to participate in the 2014 Paige’s Butterfly Run on June 7 and jumping at the chance to support the team was the APW Transportation Department.
APW bus drivers and transportation personnel coordinated a Fill-A-Bus to Combat Cancer Drive.
A container was placed in each school bus to collect spare change for the fundraiser and in just two short weeks the Fill-A-Bus campaign generated a total of $924.74 for Team Lexi.
Earning recognition as the top fundraiser for the campaign was the elementary school students who ride on Bus E, driven by bus driver Diane Campbell. The students aboard Bus E contributed $213.60 in spare change towards the fundraiser and were rewarded for their efforts with a gift certificate for a free ice cream cone from the Grist Mill Restaurant in Parish.
Fundraising for Team Lexi will continue through June 7. The team is selling Team Lexi rubber band bracelets for $5 and is currently coordinating a bottle and can drive.
To purchase a bracelet or donate cans and bottles to the team, please contact Erika Metott at 298-4017.
For more information about Lexi, her story and her mission to support children like her, visit: www.pbrun.org. Look for Alexis Metott under the ‘Their Stories’ tab.