Alexis Sarvello should be preparing for her fifth-grade graduation at Schalm Elementary School in Clawson.
Instead, the 10-year-old is at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak recovering from several surgeries after being diagnosed with a large brain tumor on May 2.
It was an unexpected obstacle for her family, and now her parents, Lisa and Scott Sarvello, are left with piling medical bills for Alexis.
Family friend Tracy Zeiter is hoping to ease that burden, selling "Team Alexis" T-shirts in support of the family.
Scott and Lisa Sarvello "are givers to the community," Zeiter said. "And now they need help, so I think that as a community we need to pull together and help them."
The T-shirts cost $10 each and all proceeds will go to the Sarvello family to help with medical costs and ongoing recovery. Zeiter and other family friends will host Team Alexis Day on June 8, where they invite the community to wear the T-shirts and show unified support for Alexis.
Zeiter said she will be at Moose Winooski's selling T-shirts on this day and plans to take photos of supporters wearing the shirts. Several local businesses have planned to participate in Team Alexis Day, including Clawson Grill, Trim, Tease, Clawson Community Credit Union, The Hideout and Clawson Schools.
"It’s truly amazing, the people that have stepped forward," Zeiter said.
Alexis deserves the support, she said.
"She's that kid you want your kids to hang out with so a little bit of her rubs off on them," Zeiter said. "Just an exceptional child, she’s warm, she’s friendly."
How to help
The T-shirts are available at Triple Thread in Clawson. If you are interested in purchasing a T-shirt, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248-321-7757 and ask for Justin Weeks. For more information about the fundraiser, contact Zeiter at email@example.com.