Lexi Brown has seen more hospital rooms than any 12-year-old should — she's been fighting cancer since June 2014. Doctors recently found that her cancer has returned and spread to her lungs, and that previous chemotherapy treatments had damaged her heart.
According to NBC News, the revelation of the damage done by the chemo treatments came all at once. After pediatricians found that her heart was working at just 15 percent, Lexi was airlifted to UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital.
One night, Lexi and her mom put a sign in the window asking for pizza.
Lexi's room overlooked UCLA's fraternity row.
If there's anyone who knows the restorative value of pizza, it's college students.
A brother of the UCLA chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon saw the sign and told the house.
That's when these true gentlemen did something amazingly kind: they paid her a visit, arriving with pizza ... and more.
"Five guys come in, and they had a guitar and dozen roses and a box of pizza," Lexi's mother, Lisa Brown, told NBC. "They introduced themselves and said, 'We saw your sign; we're here.' They stayed for a half an hour, they sang this song and I started bawling my head off. I'm like, 'I can't believe these people are here for my child.' "
But that's exactly why they were there — to show their support for Lexi.
The outpouring of support didn't stop there, though.
IJNews reports that when SAE brother and UCLA men's soccer player Chase Gaspar found out that Lexi was a soccer fan, he and his teammates paid her a visit as well, bringing her jerseys and souvenirs.
"I texted my teammates and they all stepped up to the plate to visit her. Everyone who got to know her was really moved," Gaspar told IJNews.
"It was an incredible experience and we really want her to get through this.”
Sigma Alpha Epsilon's ideals are embodied in their creed "The True Gentlemen," which appears on the national website:
"The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe."