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Fifth ‘Lace ’Em Up for Lexi’ 5K scholarship race held

Fifth ‘Lace ’Em Up for Lexi’ 5K scholarship race

The fifth annual “Lace ’em up for Lexi” 5K drew more than 100 enthusiastic runners and walkers on June 1, 2013, in Feeding Hills.

The event provides a way for the family of Alexandra “Lexi” Annette Jagodowski to give back to the Agawam/Feeding Hills community and to the Griffin’s Friends organization for all the help and kindnesses shown during Lexi’s illness. The MTA and the West Springfield Education Association were the main sponsors of the event.

Lexi was born on September 10, 1996. At the age of seven she was diagnosed with lymphoma. After two years of chemotherapy, her cancer went into remission, but by the age of 11, she suffered a relapse, along with leukemia. She bravely battled her disease for five months and died on September 16, 2008, just a week after her 12th birthday.

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Nancy Costa, adjustment counselor and MTA building representative at the John Ashley School in West Springfield, said the day “was hot and beautiful and the runners were very enthusiastic. It was a great day to honor Lexi.” The run gave Costa a chance to meet Lexi’s mother, who told her that since she can no longer celebrate birthdays with her daughter, the race is what she calls “a Lexi Day, a day to celebrate Lexi.”

The yearly 5K race allows Lexi’s family to offer a college scholarship in her memory to an Agawam High School senior and also supports the Griffin’s Friends Children’s Cancer Fund at Baystate Health Foundation in Springfield.

More information about Lexi is available at www.lexi96.org . More information about Griffin’s Friends is available at www.griffinsfriends.com .