Friends rally around classmate with Leukemia

ROYALTON, Minn. – It was a big night inside the Royalton High School gym Tuesday.

The girls' basketball team won its game against Maple Lake on senior night. But those high school athletes and the rest of the team played for something more than just their team's record.

Senior point guard Alexis Martinez, known as Lulu, came back to cheer on her teammates after being sidelined for the past several weeks. But what Martinez did not know was that the cheers would be for her.

"I'm pretty sure she's underestimating how many people will show up and how many people care," said older sister Brittany Martinez.

Lulu's older sister tells KARE 11 her younger sister got the news earlier this month that the leukemia she thought she beat back in 2011 had returned.

"I'm mad. I mean you're told it's not going to come back and then it does," said an emotional Lulu.

So while she undergoes an arduous treatment schedule, her friends and family having taken to social media to get her favorite singer, Miley Cyrus, to meet her. It's an effort that has gone viral both on Twitter and Facebook. Lulu was set to go the popular singer's concert next month.

"I love my sister and I'll do what it takes to make sure she's happy and comfortable through this treatment," said Martinez.

The hope is to get her backstage, if she's well enough. But if she's not, friends and family are hoping Cyrus will come to her. People have been using #mileytolulu on Twitter in hopes of making Lulu's dream come true.

"I just love her so much. I just get happy every time I listen to her music," said Lulu about Cyrus.

It's not just people on social media trying to make it happen. Radio station KDWB contacted representatives for Miley Cyrus Tuesday in hopes of making the meeting a reality.

"We know this concert is more than a concert for her," said Martinez.

Until then, Lulu took center stage Tuesday with much of the town holding the spotlight.

With the help of her former coach and friend, she walked to center court as the entire crowd, including the opposing fans, stood and applauded. She has not been able to walk much since her diagnosis because she has been too weak.

"Lulu we want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you during your battle," said her coach.

And although she was too weak to stay and watch her teammates win the game for her, she left knowing she's not alone.

"It really means a lot. I didn't really think there were any good people left out in the world," she said.

Visit the Luv for Lulu Facebook page for more information on how to help Lulu and her family..


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