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Fundraisers Underway For Scranton Brain Cancer Patient

October 10, 2018

Fundraisers Underway For Scranton Brain Cancer Patient

Who: Alexis “Lexi” Caviston is, in many ways, a typically social, outgoing 21-year-old college student. The Scranton resident loves her cats, Liberty and Belle, as well as music by Adele, Luke Combs and Taylor Swift (the latter of whom she recently met at a concert). While attending Mansfield University where she is studying to become a nurse, Caviston was diagnosed with Stage IV glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. In December 2017, doctors removed two to three golf ball-sized tumors from her right frontal lobe. She is on high-dose chemotherapy treatment until April and wears the medical device Optune, which prevents further tumor cells from growing via adhesive pads attached to her bare scalp that emit electric fields. Caviston will continue this treatment for the rest of her life or until a cure is found.

What: An online GoFundMe account collects money to help defray medical costs, and friends have planned a benefit called Lex-toberfest, which will include a buffet provided by Castaldi’s Catering. There will be a cash bar, basket raffles and “LexiStrong” T-shirts for sale, as well as “Love for Lexi” bath bombs made by Sugarloaf Herb Farm. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for children. To donate a basket or money, email Michele Ditchkus at mditch62@gmail.com.

When: Saturday, Oct. 20, 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: 20th Ward Social Club, 2028 Pittston Ave., Scranton

Why: Though insurance covers part of Caviston’s bills, various costs remain uncovered. At this point in the process, she has accrued over $1 million in treatment.

In her own words: “Community support would mean the absolute world to me and my family. It’s amazing to see how readily the community binds together to help those in need, and I want to thank everyone for their continued support. I also hope that the community gains a better understanding of brain cancer, the treatment options and ways to support those individuals and their families who are suffering as a result of GBM. Raising awareness is critical to finding a cure.” — Lexi Caviston

Update: Colon cancer patient Debbie Ann Fisher was able to attend the Toss Like a Boss Cornhole Tournament held in her honor on Saturday, where she found herself surrounded by many of her close friends, family and people from the community who came out to support her. Between 200 and 300 people made the benefit a success and helped raise money for the Jessup resident to travel to Baltimore for clinical trials. “Your kindness does not go unnoticed,” her family said after the event.

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