Like many little girls, 4-year-old Alexa Aigner loved dressing up like a fairytale princess—wearing heels, full gowns and, of course, a tiara. But Alexa was diagnosed with stage-four neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancerous tumor that develops in nerve tissue. While Alexa did not survive, her memory and love of playing dress-up lives on as hundreds of seriously ill North Texas children gain the opportunity to wear costumes with the help of The Princess Alexa Foundation.
Founded by her mother Crys Aigner after Alexa’s passing in June 2008, the foundation celebrates the dreams and tenacious spirit of children fighting life-threatening illnesses by delivering packages of dress-up clothes for both girls and boys to hospitals across the United States, including Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Describes Aigner, “When [Alexa] was alive, dressing up like a princess made her life what it should have been—a fairy tale. Now, through the foundation, we can continue ‘her work’ and bring dreams to life for other children like her.”