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A Bunnell mother's dying wish: to be reunited with her children

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Kindred Hospice patient with breast cancer gets to see children from the Philippines.
by: Paige Wilson Community Editor

With doctors giving her just months more to live, Lexie Peck’s final wish has come true: to reunite with her children after 1 1/2 years apart. 

The Bunnell resident is a hospice patient with stage 4 breast cancer. 

In May 2005, when she was 32, she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, she was in the Philippines. She had a mastectomy and was then in remission for 12 years. 

Lexie and Craig Peck look out over their Bunnell front lawn. Photo by Paige Wilson

As a single mother of three children, Lexie Peck couldn’t make ends meet with the wages in the Philippines, so she made the decision to travel to the U.S. in late 2016 to work and send money back to her children. 

In January 2017, doctors said her cancer — this time, stage 2b — had returned. After treatment, she was given a clean bill of health. 

She ended up falling in love and got married in May 2018 to Craig Peck, of Bunnell. The two were only a few months into their marriage when Lexie Peck was diagnosed with breast cancer, for the third time, in October 2018. 

As stage 4 breast cancer, it had metastasized in her brain, lungs and bones, she said. 

In December 2018, she became a patient with Kindred Hospice, of Palm Coast, whose manager Pamela Connor made it her personal mission for Lexie Peck’s children to be able to see their mother again before it was too late. 

Connor applied for a humanitarian parole visa for Lexie Peck and called every office number she could find for U.S. Sen.Marco Rubio, she said. 

Lexie Peck’s children were granted approval for a two-month visitation. On March 12, they were reunited with tears of joy in Orlando. Through Kindred Hospice’s Dream Foundation, the family was able to go to four Orlando theme parks, which is something Lexie Peck always wanted to experience with her children. 

“That was her wish: to continue to do what she came here to do, to fulfill her purpose,” Craig Peck said. 

Now, they’re all enjoying quality time together, cozying up in bed, talking walks to the pond outside and playing with their dog Charlie.

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“I’m thankful being they’re all good kids. They’re all together. I’ve never seen them going in a bad way. They protect each other, and they’ve learned how to become independent.”

- Lexie Peck, Bunnell resident

Lexie Peck shares a moment with her youngest daughter, Chelsea Ramirez, in the kitchen. Photo by Paige Wilson

“That’s my only wish. When I found out the doctor gave me three months only, or fourth months, the first thing that was in my mind were my kids. I wanted to see them before anything happens.”

- Lexie Peck, Bunnell resident

Lexie Peck brushes a strand of hair behind her daughter Chelsea Ramirez's ear. Photo by Paige Wilson

“I know that, whatever the Lord’s will is, at least I’m at peace that there are many people who will look after them and who will love them.”

- Lexie Peck, Bunnell resident

Lexie Peck reaches down to pet Charlie while her son, Kenneth Ramirez, gets ready to wheel her outside. Photo by Paige Wilson

 

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