Pair of Roan Mountain girls inspiring courage and kindness


Johnson City, TN (WJHL) – When you first meet 3-year-old Lexi Blevins, you would never know the struggle she’s been going through since the day after Thanksgiving.

“The doctor came in and told us that she had tumors in her kidneys,” says Lexi’s mother, Amber Davis.

Lexi was diagnosed with Bilateral Wilms Tumors, and immediately began undergoing treatment. Amber says doctors went in and got most of the cancer, but have continued treatments to make sure.

Those treatments lead to a lot of pain and anxiety for Lexi, but her mother says she never lets it show.

“Even in the hospital, she’s up dancing and playing and doing her thing,” says Amber, “loves a tea party, she’ll have a tea party with anybody that will have a tea party with her.”

That courage inspired an act of kindness by a classmate of Lexi’s brother. When 7-year-old Carley Gouge heard about Lexi’s fight, she wanted to do what she could to help.

“All she’s talked about is just cutting her hair and making a wig for Lexi,” says her mother, Marie Gouge, “she wanted her to have it.”

So Tuesday, Marie took Carley to Talk of the Town in Roan Mountain, and got 11 inches of her long locks taken off.

Wednesday, she got to meet Lexi, as she donated the hair to the American Cancer Society in Johnson City.

“It just touched my heart so much, touched my heart,” says Amber, “I couldn’t be more blessed to have a community to help us so much.”

The hair may not end up with Lexi, as it will be sent off to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to be made into a wig with other donated hair. It will, however, have a profound impact on a cancer patient somewhere.

Cancer patients can come to ACS locations and pick a wig from those made from donations, free of charge.

“It doesn’t even look like a wig on them,” says Tammie Richardson of the ACS, “they come out of here looking like they have their hair on their head, the smile on their face, it’s just worth it.”

It’s a mix of courage and kindness that has the pair of young ladies inspiring others.

“We are led by children sometimes,” says Richardson, “yes, very special.”

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