Elementary school students in Luling are pulling their resources together to help one of their classmates fight for his life. Vanessa Bolano has the story.
8-year-old Alex Oxford is back at Mimosa Park Elementary in Luling after weeks of being absent. He's finishing third grade, and saying thank you to a community that has supported him during the hardest journey of his life.
About a month ago Alex became unresponsive, and weeks ago his life changed forever.
“We took him to Children's and they immediately did a CAT scan and found the white matter on the back of his brain was swollen,” says Carissa Oxford, Alex’s mother, “And then the last day we were in Children's they did an MRI and came back and told us they thought it was ALD. Your whole world gone, upside down in one day.”
Adrenoleukodystrophy or ALD attacks one's brain. 1 in 18,000 deal with the disease. If not caught in time, it is fatal, usually within two to five years.
ALD is often misdiagnosed as ADD or ADHD. Alex was diagnosed ADHS two years ago. Now he's hoping a bone marrow transplant gives him a second chance at life, and while his family relies on doctors and faith students at Mimosa Park have stepped up. The youngsters have taken money out of their piggy banks and asking their parents to do the same.
In just one day students at raised close to $5,000 for Alex. The third grader has even changed the way one teacher approaches her students.
“You just want to take time and make sure you get every opportunity to spend with these kids. You don't realize the impact you have on their life and you just never know what can happen,” says teacher Lynesia Preyan.
These last few weeks have felt like a roller-coaster ride for the Oxford family, but it's the little things that keep them strong and the support of the community that gives them hope.