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9-year-old girl battling cancer gets surprised with Gonzaga Basketball tickets

KHQ's Hayley Guenthner delivered the good news to Alexa Wednesday morningKHQ’s Hayley Guenthner delivered the good news to Alexa Wednesday morning

SPOKANE, Wash. -

Dreams really can come true, and 9-year-old cancer patient Alexa is proof.

It’s been a rough ride for Alexa and her family since she was diagnosed with leukemia back in April. She was immediately pulled from school. Her days have been filled with appointment after appointment to save her young life. But more troubling than the illness for Alexa, was the way other children teased her.

“They make fun of me because I don’t have any hair,” Alexa said. “It hurts my feelings.”

Alexa longed for an English Bulldog to cheer her up. A stranger heard about Alexa’s wish through some mutual family friends and surprised her earlier this week with the pup of her dreams.

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Alexa said she loves Bulldogs because she is Gonzaga basketball’s number one fan. Her other wish was to attend just one game. Our KHQ viewers responded in a huge way after the original story. Emails from viewers wanting to help get her to a game rolled into reporter Hayley Guenthner. 

King Beverage Inc. President Peter Rusnak provided six prime seats for Alexa and her family to attend their first home game in November. 

Rusnak asked KHQ’s Hayley Guenthner to drop off the donation on his behalf. Our crew surprised  Alexa with his generosity as she was heading to an appointment at Sacred Heart.  

“I found Alexa’s story very inspirational in her continued battle with leukemia,” Rusnak told Hayley in an email. “Myself and King Beverage enjoy to donate and assist many children through the likes of The Ronald McDonald house, the Rypien Foundation and Make a Wish foundation. It’s my hope we can make a child’s dreams come true. I am very excited that Alexa and her family will be able to finally enjoy a day with the Zags!”

Alexa was in shock by his kindness. She couldn’t stop smiling.

“I can’t believe it,” she said. “I am so excited. The (Zags) will win. Of course, they will win.”

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