Last week, 6-year-old Alexis hit the red carpet at Seattle’s Cinerama theater for the world premiere of a her animated short film, Alexis’s Wish.
Like many kids,the 6-year-old has big dreams.But while some kids dream about defying gravity as an astronaut, or being the star ballerina in the Nutcracker, Alexis’ wish was to make a cartoon that would tell her own story in a way her friends could understand and bring awareness to pediatric cancer.
Soon after her third birthday, Alexis was diagnosed with leukemia.
The first sign that something was wrong came with a fever. That was a day in 2012, when the 3-year-old was sent home from preschool, very pale and more tired than usual. A few days later she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).
Luckily Alexis responded well to the treatment and finished her last chemotherapy treatment in August.And now she’ll be able to put hospital visits in her past and experience a normal childhood.
A giant wish was born.
The six-year-old girl willed her side of the story into existence – the one that she fought with cancer – so that it could inspire others with pediatric cancer to be brave even when they’re scared.
Make-A-Wish, teaming up with a Seattle creative agency World Famous , set off to make her dream come true.
World Famous and its studio team worked closely with Alexis on every aspect of the production process, including story and character development, as well as design and animation. The Seattle Sounders helped cover some of the costs.
They decided to tell the story of Princess Alexis and how she escaped Kemia the dragon.
She stars Princess Alexis in her very own fairy-tale quest to fight leukemia. The powerful yet whimsical story use a battle against the dragon Kemia to show how she treat and survive cancer.
In the resulting three-minute film, you’ll get to see her struggle turned into a meaningful tale. It’s the happily-ever-after of a triumphant princess.
Alexis even did her own voice-over for the film.
Once the animation was finished, Alexis was off to the recording studio to give her character a voice.With a script, a microphone, and some time, she and her mother both read lines to be included in the final product.
It’s the most common form of childhood leukemia. An estimated 2,670 children age 14 and younger will be diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia this year.Luckily, it’s pretty treatable, with a five-year survival rate of more than 85%.
“Help us make Alexis’s wish gain worldwide attention to raise awareness of pediatric cancer by forwarding the link to her video via social media,” Make-A-Wish’s website says. Above, you’ll find the video. It’s adorable and well-worth watching and sharing.