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9-year-old cancer patient gets wish at Gonzaga game

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A 9-year-old little girl battling cancer had a dream come true Saturday night. Because of a generous viewer, she was able to attend her first ever Gonzaga basketball game.

It's been a tough few months for Alexa and her family. Alexa was diagnosed with leukemia back in April. She was immediately pulled from school. Since that terrifying day, her days have been filled with appointment after appointment to save her 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."

Making sure Alexa had a fun, special night to forget her troubles became a goal our community rallied behind. King Beverage Inc. President Peter Rusnak heard about Alexa's wish to go to a Zags game, and provided six prime seats for Alexa and her family to attend Saturday's home opener.  

"I found Alexa's story very inspirational in her continued battle with leukemia," Rusnak told KHQ 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 invited Hayley Guenthner to go to the game with her and her family. She had an amazing time and made memories to last for years to come. The best part was watching the Zags win big! 

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