STOCKBRIDGE — Reinhardt University student and Woodland High graduate Alexis Taylor is in another fight for the second time in two years against cancer.
Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma or DIPG, is a tumor located in the pons (middle) of the brain stem. Taylor was diagnosed with the cancer Jan. 20 of 2018 and was listed in stage four. Since then she has undergone radiation and clinical trials that were available to children with the cancer.
Even through it all, Taylor is still supportive of her lacrosse team and still maintains a 3.8 GPA in her biology major.
But things are hard as her family was just notified that the tumor is no longer responding to the trial medication and her age (19) disqualifies her from local clinical trials. But that leaves her family with two options - travel to another city or stay local and find a way to pay for the medicine out of pocket.
“My daughter Alexis has been battling Stage four DIPG Brain Cancer for just over a year. We are in no way financially prepared to handle either of these costs and support programs for Alexis are limited and I cannot sit back and do nothing,” Maurissa Woodring said. “I have refinanced my home and maxed out every credit card. I can no longer pay those either. I am behind on everything but none of that matters. What matters is life. Time. We all think we have forever but when you are faced with mortality you realize what matters. Not material things, but; love and life.”
Woodring says that her family is fighting to preserve love and life. The journey has shown her that there are strangers who pray for them, family who cries with them and friends that are a strength when there are thoughts of not continuing on.
“A helping hand when we need it. Learning to lay down pride and ask for help,” Woodring said. “College students giving their last to help a fellow classmate. A community standing behind us. I am fighting for my child as she fights for herself. Won’t you fight with us?”
The family has already raised $7,500 of the $300,000 goal they’ve set on GoFundMe appropriately titled “Against All Odds WE fight to defeat DIPG”.