COLUMBUS, Georgia (WRBL) — A pediatric cancer patient gives something back to the hospital that helped her through treatment, spreading her glow in the process.
Lexy McRae is a little girl who makes a big difference as she uses her creativity to raise money for a children’s hospital. The high school student puts on her shoes to impress.
12-year-old Lexy is a dancer, actor and now a shoe designer. The 7th grader teamed up with athletic brand Saucony for their “Run for Good” children’s program, which allows young hospital patients to design sneakers. She gave News 3 the inside scoop on her shoe design experience.
“I picked flowers and I chose my favorite colors and glitter because I love glitter. I love it. We put all that together and it turned out great, I was so excited about how it turned out. ”
In 2019, Lexy was referred to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center for pain in her arm. Tests soon revealed that she had osteosarcoma. She underwent nine months of chemotherapy and five operations.
Now a percentage of her shoe sales go directly to the hospital that helped her through treatment. Lexy’s mother, Katy McRae, spoke about her daughters’ focus on others amid her life-changing news.
“Lexy was determined from the start. When she found out and we shared with her that she had cancer, she said my goal is to help other people. She said other kids don’t have the family or friends I have and that’s why I want to do everything I can to help them.”
Lexy has been dancing since she was two years old and is currently a student at Rainey McCullers School of the Arts. Her shoe design is inspired by her passion for dance and performance.
“When I thought about designing them, I thought about TV shows and movies when they show rose petals on stage when someone is doing a great job. So we put rose petals on it to show that when you walk in the shoes , you did something good… that you supported childhood cancer.”
The impact of these shoes is more than a fashion statement, the cancer center cares for more than 500 newly diagnosed cancer patients every year.
Lexy says she hopes that when people wear her shoes, they know they’ve done something worthy of rose petals.
Click here to see Lexy’s shoes, as well as shoes designed by other young patients.