MACC Fund: Alexia's Story

MACC Fund: Alexia's Story

By Carole Meekins. CREATED Dec 9, 2011 - UPDATED: Dec 9, 2011


MILWAUKEE- Alexia Rodriquez has dreams of being on stage one day, and she's a natural. In fact, looking at the happy 10-year-old, its hard to believe she just finished treatments for leukemia.

Alexia, nicknamed Alex, was diagnosed with AML June of this year. Her mother Jessica McDermott, remembers getting the news. "It was like wait a minute I'm still in shock, as to how does this happen... I brought her in for a sore throat to being leukemia."

After the shock, reality. "I had a good cry and said OK, this is it, we need to fight," Jessica exclaims.

Fight they did. They spent months at Children's Hospital, enduring chemotherapy."Doctors were really good with explaining everything. The nurses were excellent," Jessica recalls.

The family praises the MACC Fund for being there for families of sick kids. "It's just a blessing to have something like that that supports children like this," Jessica says.

That's why they were proud to be part of the Women for MACC 'Couture For A Cure' Fashion Show. Such events and support from those like Brewers outfielder Corey Hart helped Alex heal. The good news: Alexia's chemo treatments are over, and she only has to go to the hospital once a week."

Alex even found the positive side to losing her hair to chemotherapy. "It was pretty fun losing it because of all the fun wigs people got me, and all the nice hats I can wear," Alex exclaims.

For other families facing cancer, Alex has this advice: "Try to fight hard and never give up." Powerful words from a child who can teach us all about facing a challenging journey with dignity and grace. 

"I got through this whole journey of cancer. I think God helped me a lot. I think it was a blessing," Alex says.



Carole Meekins

Carole Meekins

Carole Meekins is the longest tenured 10:00pm anchor in the Milwaukee market. She has been at TODAY'S TMJ4 since November of 1991.