Honouring Lexi's Legacy

Fundraiser Crystal Summerhayes & Peter
Anderson with Mercy Hospital for Women
Neonatologist Dr Philip Henschke (left)

Crystal Summerhayes may not regard herself as heroic. Yet her Lexi�s Legacy Car, Bike and Truck event in February has raised more than $10,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mercy Hospital for Women.


While Crystal was able to pull her event together through sheer hard work, online communication was key to her event�s success. �We used a lot of social media to promote the event,� said Crystal. �That was a big factor in getting people to attend.�

Held in honour of Crystal and Peter�s precious daughter, Lexi, the event attracted  support from a diverse range of suppliers and attendees �  from vintage car enthusiasts to Peter�s tattoo parlour � as  well as Mercy Health�s own staff and volunteer community.

Lexi Jade Anderson was born 1 May 2013 at 29 weeks and transferred to the NICU. Like so many other very premature babies, the odds were stacked against her. Despite the unwavering devotion and care of her parents and the NICU team, after 13 days of fighting an uphill battle, little Lexi passed away. From within the darkness of Crystal�s  grief, she saw a way to help other families facing this most devastating of losses.

�There are more than 50 babies in the unit at any given time,� said Crystal. �That means many families are directly affected by the same ongoing struggles we had to face."                                                                                                                               

�When our daughter was in the intensive care unit, we only got to hold her a couple of times. We were able to do so on a special chair that was only available through donations. So we asked for a list of the equipment the unit needed. The cost of the items on the list came to about $20,000. So we set out to raise that money to buy what the unit needed to help other babies. I wanted to use our experience to help people who may be at a loss and have no one to turn to.� 

Money raised from the Lexi�s Legacy event has been placed into a fund to pay for life changing equipment in the NICU, which Crystal knows will make a real difference to the families of gravely ill babies. 

Mercy Health�s new Everyday Hero online fundraiser portal will give fundraisers like Crystal another tool to turn their experience � often  of pain and loss � into a source  of healing. By making it easier to create, manage and promote events and other fundraising  activities, the portal gives everyone a chance to add their efforts to Crystal�s heroic support of the NICU and other Mercy Health causes.                                                                                                                           


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