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Friends Host T-Shirt Sale for Schalm Student's Medical Costs

A local fundraiser will help Alexis Sarvello's family cover the costs of her brain tumor surgery and recovery.

Alexis Sarvello should be preparing for her fifth-grade graduation at 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 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 , , , , and .

"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 triplethread@hotmail.com or call 248-321-7757 and ask for Justin Weeks. For more information about the fundraiser, contact Zeiter at tzeiter@att.net.

tracy zeiter June 01, 2012 at 02:26 PM
To the Kenwood parents. Please know that the June 8th day was chosen as a day for the T shirt sale and mainly for the bulk of the local bussinesses. I spoke with Patti at schalm, and I apologize I did not reach out to you, totally my fault; the plan was for the schools to pick their own day. It was too difficult to plan around field trips, field days, etc. Alexis' own class is going to be away at Michigan Adventure that day. The city workers have choosen that Thurs to wear theirs as most offices are closed that Friday...my own place of business is wearing them Thurs as well. My plan was upon delivery of your shirts to get the date that you had set for your school. I love the idea of the walk and you will definitely see me there! We will plan to be there with to capture pictures to share with the family... I know that there are a lot of people out there emotionally charged as it is very difficult knowing that there is a very innocent little girl suffering, no matter your relationship. I am overwhelmed with the response I have been getting and feel very proud to surrounded by so many great people; some I have known for years and others I haven't even met. We are all truely very lucky to be part of such a community. Please feel free to call me ANY time with any questions, concerns, ideas, anything..... Thank you Tracy Zeiter 248-506-0227
tracy zeiter June 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Shannon please see the comment I posted. I am sorry for the miscommunication and/or lack of. My comment will explain my plans and please know that there was never any intention of leaving anyone out. The day was set for the local business and the schools were to pick their day and let me know..I was planning on getting your date when I delivered your shirts. I don't even know Schalms date yet. The comment should explain further.. Please feel free to contact me anytime; Tracy Zeiter 248-506-0227
Shannon Gougeon June 01, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Tracy, no worries. Kenwood just didn't want to miss it. So we improvised :-) I will be in contact with you regarding getting the walk-a-thon money that we raise, so you can give it to the Sarvello family on our behalf. Thanks.
Maggie Marvin June 01, 2012 at 03:02 PM
It is so wonderful to see how many people in our community care so deeply and want to help the Sarvello's. It is extremely difficult to go through something like this especially when it is happening to a child. Having been through an experience with our son Jimmy several years ago we know the toll it takes on all involved. The community has always been there for our family and we sincerely appreciate the kindness and support. We are keeping Alexis and her family in our thoughts and prayers and will help in any way we can. Take care and God bless.
L T June 02, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Hi Tracy, I think it is wonderful what you have organized. There is nothing in this world I wouldn't do for Scott and his family. I understand that my bro Butch and Kelly have contacted you and ordered their T-shirts through you. Is it possible to do the same. I will be at work on that day and fortunately Friday is casual day so I would like to be wearing it. I would place and order for 2 shirts for myself and Brianna. I could see that you have the money anytime. Hope to hear back from you. Linda and Brianna Taylor

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