A Bunnell mother's dying wish: to be reunited with her children
Kindred Hospice patient with breast cancer gets to see children from the Philippines.
| 8:00 a.m. April 4, 2019
Palm Coast Observer
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.
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.