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Posted on November 2, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 12 at 12:06 PM

THE PRINCESS ALEXA FOUNDATION

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At first glance, she looked like most young girls. Her favorite things were dancing, singing, dressing up like princesses and ponies but Alexa had something else most other girls don't, she had cancer too. Alexa was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma on December 12, 2005, when she was almost two. She received protocol chemotherapy treatment at Children's Medical Center of Dallas until May of 2006 when it was determined that her cancer was not responding. In July her parents took her to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to take part in a Phase II clinical study involving an intense radiation therapy, called MIBG, and a bone marrow transplant to try to save her life. Sadly it did not work, and the cancer had spread. She was not expected to live past the end of the year. Alexa was brought back home to Texas and put on hospice care. Several months later she was not only still alive, she was still feeling well. The cancer was spreading very slowly and allowing for a close to normal life for little Alexa. She was taken off hospice care and took part in a Phase II clinical study involving humanized anti-bodies. Alexa had a major allergic reaction to the medicine and was unable to continue the treatment. Her parents decided to take her to Philadelphia once more for another MIBG therapy in hopes to continue to slow the disease progression. That therapy in conjunction with a third Phase II study drug called ABT-751 worked to stabilize the disease. Although her cancer had stopped spreading, Alexa's immune system continued to be fragile. But for an entire year Alexa lived as close to a normal life as possible. She was in gymnastics, went to preschool, played with her brother, made friends, and rode as many carousels as she could. In June of 2008, her weakened immune system allowed an unidentifiable infection to grow in her lungs and within a matter of two weeks went from looking and feeling relatively healthy at home to the ICU at Children's with septic shock and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Alexa passed away on June 25, 2008 cradled in the arms of her mother and father. She had endured several surgeries, ten rounds of chemo-therapy (the first of which caused severe hearing loss), two radiation therapies, a bone marrow transplant, two clinical trials, many radiological scans and numerous transfusions. All with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. ? GOAL: to promote the costume collection to install Dress Up Closets for Children's Hospitals Specifics:?? Hospitalized children have little resources for fun. It is our vision to bring the joy of dress up to all children's hospitals. Dress up items will be new allowing children with weakened immune systems to keep and enjoy them. It is important to our foundation that children will get to choose what they want as choices for a sick child are limited. Throughout Alexa's battle with cancer, her parents worked hard to give her the best quality of life they could offer. Alexa was seen in princess dresses everywhere she went and quickly became known as "Princess Alexa". ?When she was able, Alexa was encouraged to play as much as she wanted. Playgrounds and carousels were a special part of healing for little Alexa. The last week she was alive, Alexa dictated a list for her mother of all the things she wanted to do when she got better. Number one was "Go to a pink park" and number two was "Get a pink dress". It was only fitting to start a foundation in her memory that would carry on her greatest loves: dress up and play.

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Costume Collection Information:

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Red Cat Consignment

718 Buckner Blvd.

Dallas, 75218

(in the Lake Highlands Village Shopping Center) 214-545-4671, through November 6th?

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MISS TRIMBLE'S TRAPDOOR/ LORI JORDAN-RICE

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Lori Jordan-Rice is a former elementary school teacher who taught in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area school districts for 10 years. She has classroom experience ranging from the kindergarten through sixth grade levels. Jordan-Rice graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies/elementary education and received several Lifetime Texas Teacher Certificates including Elementary Self Contained, Elementary Reading, and Early Childhood.

Disappointed by the historical illiteracy rate among American children today, Jordan-Rice was determined to provide a resource to help kids learn the fundamentals of U.S. history in an exciting and engaging way. She has always loved to write, and has had the idea for a children's history series since college. When her third son was about three, she finally made the time for putting her story line into words.

Her children's book series "Miss Trimble's Trapdoor" is an imaginative new series featuring a classroom full of memorable modern day characters alongside historical figures such as the pilgrims, the founding fathers of the United States, and of course, Christopher Columbus.

Jordan-Rice based the main character Tyler loosely around her own oldest son who is a bit shy, and looked to all the students she has taught over the years as models for other characters with whom all kids could identify. Miss Trimble's classroom has a bully, a class clown, and a teacher's pet.

As an animal lover, Lori Jordan-Rice modeled the wise talking dog, Barnabas Bailey, after a beloved pet family pet. Barney the real beagle/terrier mix has since passed away, but lives on in the pages of the "Miss Trimble's Trapdoor" books to teach children history and life lessons!

Jordan-Rice currently resides near Fort Worth in Saginaw, Texas, with her husband Eric, three sons, Jarrett, Rylan, and Sterling, and four rescued dogs. She is an active member of the PTA and PTO in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD and attends First Baptist Church of Saginaw

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BAYLOR MEDICAL CENTER AT SOUTHWEST FORT WORTH

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To get more information about Podiatric services at Baylor Medical Center at Southwest Fort Worth, please call 1-800-4Baylor or visit BaylorHealth.com/Southwest

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TRUE RESULTS

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877-302-2263 (BAND)

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LIDIA BASILICATA/ "LIDIA COOKS FROM THE HEART OF ITALY"

Meet Lidia?today:?
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Wine tasting and book signing
Central Market
5750 E Lovers Lane
Dallas
(214)234-7000
4pm today
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Book Signing
Barnes and Noble
7700 West Northwest Highway
Dallas
(214)739-1124
7pm
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In her newest book, LIDIA COOKS FROM THE HEART OF ITALY, (Knopf, October 20) Lidia Bastianich delves into the regional cooking of little-known parts of Italy like Abruzzo, Basilicata, and Le Marche, and explores hidden treasures in well-known areas like Emilia Romagna.? Starting at the north, working down to the tip, and ending in Sardinia, Lidia unearths a wealth of region-distinct recipes:

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From Lombardy: A world of rice-baked in a frittata, with lentils, with butternut squash, with gorgonzola, with eggs and cheese, and the special treat of Risotto Milan-Style with Marrow and Saffron

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From Liguria: An array of Stuffed Vegetables, a bread salad, and elegant Veal Stuffed with a Mosaic of Vegetables

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From Umbria: A taste of the sweet Norcino black truffle, and seductive dishes like Potato-Mushroom Cake with Braised Lentils, Sausages in the Skillet with Grapes, and Chocolate Bread Parfait

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From Molise: Fried Ricotta; homemade cavatelli pasta in a variety of ways-Spaghetti with Calamari, Shrimp, and Scallops; and Braised Octopus

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The authentic recipes she shares represent the work of the farmers, shepherds, foragers, and artisans who produce the regional cheeses, meats, olive oils, and wines that make each place unique.? With anecdotes and descriptions of local customs, this book will be a revelation and, like all of Lidia's books, will inspire new respect for food and the way it connects people.

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Lidia's recipes are inexpensive and easy to prepare and reflect a respect for food--nothing is wasted.? Bread is recycled and used in soups, casseroles, lasagnas, and desserts.? Water is carefully conserved; for instance the same water that that cooks vegetables is used to cook the pasta that follows, and then that is saved for soups or risotto.? The fat that's rendered is used as a base for a soup or a pasta or a braised dish, and so on....

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