Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Meet the 2015 Spirit of Tom Landry Award Recipient: Brooklynn Alexander
The Spirit of Tom Landry Character Award honors a youth with courage, integrity, dignity and dauntless spirit who has battled blood cancer through personal experience or who has volunteered extensively on behalf of others who suffer from blood cancer.
Mrs. Alicia Landry selects the recipient of this award for the Saint Valentine's Day Luncheon and Fashion Show to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society every year. This year she selected Brooklynn Alexander, a stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor.
Brooklynn was a very busy 15-year-old when she received her diagnosis. She was was in the top 15% of her class, treasurer of the student council, a member of the regional choir and on the varsity soccer team at MacArthur High School. She did not have time for a blood cancer diagnosis.
Right away she realized how much her life would change during her cancer treatment. She had to stop playing soccer because she didn't have the energy to run and she missed choir auditions because radiation treatment temporarily took her voice. Even with these setbacks, Brooklynn decided that she was going to pour all of her energy into school work so she would not fall behind. Her dedication paid off! She graduated magna cum laude in the top 8% of her class and was inducted into the National Honor Society.
Brooklynn, who has been in remission now for two years, is now a freshman at the University of Kansas and is just as community minded as she was before her lymphoma diagnosis. She is involved with the Freshman Action Team and active in a youth help call line called BALLEN (Building A Life Lifting Educated Nation). Her efforts with BALLEN were noticed and this November she will have her own radio show once a month where she shares her personal experiences in an effort to help other students.
This extraordinary young woman certainly embodies everything that the Spirit of Tom Landry Award represents. Meet Brooklynn at the 2015 Saint Valentine's Day Luncheon & Fashion Show on February 17th. Reserve your seat today at www.stvalentinesdayluncheon.org