Remembering Alex

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Photo by Joyce Lee Clay Nunley, father of 3-year-old Madalyn Nunley, tries to provide fatherly assistance while his daughter realizes she's being photographed. The Lewisburg residents were at a charity breakfast Saturday.

From staff reports

The parking lot was full at a Lewisburg restaurant Saturday morning when the family of a young cancer patient raised money in his memory for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Alex Denton, the nephew of Heather and John Denton of Lewisburg, passed in 2009, but he's remembered by family and friends. Their goal is to raise $1.6 million for the hospital in Memphis. The amount raised had not been announced as of Tuesday morning.

Two-year-old Alex Denton of Muscle Shoals, Ala., was diagnosed with leukemia and, despite aggressive treatment, he passed.

"St. Jude gave us 14 more months with Alex," said Alex's grandmother, Teresa Denton, of Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Heather and John Denton were busy serving breakfasts at Russell's restaurant at Water Street and Third Avenue. By 8:30 a.m., approximately 65 people had been served.

Last year, more than $1,000 was raised to help pay for research to find a cure for leukemia and other catastrophic diseases.

Paternal grandparents, Stan and Teresa Denton, live in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and participated in the fundraising breakfast here last weekend.

While Alex was in the hospital, his relatives were provided a place to live during their visits in Memphis, money for fuel and groceries to help the family.

"Everybody gets the same treatment, regardless of whether they have insurance," Teresa Denton said.

Meanwhile, Alex's Warriors are to hold a day in the park fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 8, in Muscle Shoals, Teresa Denton said.