Always ready to lend an ear or to help others, Alexis "Lexi" Scanlin made the decision to register as an organ donor at the age of 16. Lexi matured into a charming young woman who was living life to the fullest, following her dreams from Florida to Hawaii to Las Vegas, where her story took a tragic turn. Ten years after signing up as a donor as a 16-year-old, Lexi's decision saved and healed lives. The Alexis Scanlin Memorial Scholarship and a 5K "Dash for Donations" are among several initiatives that keep her spirit alive.
Alexis "Lexi" Lucia Scanlin was a beautiful blue-eyed little girl who stole everyone's heart. She grew into a spirited teenager with big goals who was always helping others. She volunteered in a hospital maternity ward, coached a cheerleading squad, and was always ready to listen whenever a friend needed her.
Lexi matured into a charming young woman who was living life to the fullest. She was always eager to share a smile and enjoy a new experience. She had followed her dreams from Florida to Hawaii to Las Vegas, which is where her story took a tragic turn. The facts surrounding her death are still in question, but one thing that is certain is the lasting impact she made on the world.
At the age of 16, Lexi made the decision to become an organ donor. She convinced her mother, grandmother and sister to sign up as well. Ten years later, Lexi's decision would save and help to heal many lives. Her kidneys were shared with two people who were awaiting transplants, her corneas gave the gift of sight to two others, and her bones and tendons healed dozens more.
Hundreds of friends, family members and complete strangers rallied in Lexi's memory to keep her spirit alive. The Alexis Scanlin Memorial Scholarship supports college-bound seniors at University High School in Orlando, where Lexi graduated with honors. Future initiatives include a 5K "Dash for Donations" and Golf Tournament to raise both money and awareness for Donate Life.
"I want everyone to take comfort in knowing that Lexi lives on through others. She would want each and every one of us to make the same decision to become an organ donor, and be able to live on long past our own time on earth," said her mother, Lori Farney.