Walt Disney shared the idea that “we create happiness.” Since August 2018, Alexis Spencer has embodied this mentality as a StudentsCare Hospital Buddy. Alexis was drawn to the Hospital Buddy Program because she loved the idea of being able to bring smiles to those who need it. Alexis shared, “Kids are one of the greatest sources of happiness and laughter, so I just wanted to be able to give them and their families happiness when they need it the most.” Alexis began as a Hospital Buddy volunteer and is now the vice president of the Florida International University Chapter.

As a chapter leader, Alexis has gone above and beyond to bring laughter and joy to patients at Baptist Children’s Hospital. “I have had so many great memories with so many patients over the past year and a half,” Alexis shared, “one of the most exciting days was when the Child Life Specialist and I created the Disney Pop Up Shop.” Through the Disney Pop Up Shop, Alexis helped create happiness and magic by giving patients “credit cards” and allowing them to shop for a Disney themed gift for themselves and family. “Seeing the patients smile from ear to ear while picking out their toys was an incredibly memorable experience,” Alexis recalls.

Although Alexis has made a difference in the lives of patients, she also recognizes what being a Hospital Buddy has done for her, “All the patients I’ve met have had such an amazing impact on my life and my experience. As a leader, I have learned the importance of communication, teamwork, and reliability.  From a medical perspective, StudentsCare has taught me to appropriately interact with children, their families, and how to approach difficult situations.”

Alexis recently graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelors in Biological Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Natural and Applied Sciences. She hopes to attend medical school and become a neurosurgeon or neuroscientist.

Thank you, Alexis, for your dedication to StudentsCare. Without students like you, we would not be able to share the care!