MEDFORD, Ore. – Alex Shepherd has wanted to go on a Caribbean cruise his whole life.
13-year-old Shepherd was first diagnosed with a brain tumor when he was 11, and beat the tumor the first time around. Recent scans showed that the tumor is back, and this time, it is inoperable. So his family decided that no matter the cost, they would make sure he was able to go on the cruise.
Alex’s parents, Aushna and Dan Shepherd have taken time off from their jobs at Asante Rogue Regional to care for Alex in the past few years, but they still decided to charge the trip to credit cards, and headed south to board the ship.
Meanwhile, their co-workers decided to start raising money to help with the extra expenses. So far, Asante employees have raised over $9,000 from fundraisers to help out.
“They’re just really giving people and I just felt that they as well as all the other gals that work here that they deserve to have this time with Alex and good memories,” said family friend and co-worker, Amber Shields.
Alex’s mother who frequently posts updates and pictures, said on the Team Alex facebook page “We have no words to describe our gratitude.”
Alex is a sparrow at Ashland middle school where he is a student.
To donate to the family for addition expenses, you cam also visit the Team Alex Race Against Brain Cancer page.