Bid day is an exciting time for everyone. Sisters are beyond ecstatic to expand their chapters while new members are overjoyed to join their new sisterhood. Bid day at Murray State University had extra reason to celebrate: Alpha Sigma Alpha welcomed Alexis Cain to their chapter.
Alexis is a woman like you and me. She thought joining a sorority would enrich her college experience so before her senior year began, she went through formal recruitment at Murray State. Last week, she was offered and accepted a bid.
What makes her story different from every other sorority girl in the country? Her membership makes Alexis the first college woman with the genetic disorder to receive a bid from a sorority at Murray State.
Alexis was diagnosed with Down syndrome when she was born, but that hasn’t stopped her from enrolling in the College to Career Experience (CCE) and participating in the Best Buddies program at Murray State. Now, she fulfills her wish of about a year to join a sisterhood on campus.
Alexis’ mother, Camme Cain, told The Odyssey,
Kids with disabilities get left out as their life goes on. It’s sad, but true. Mostly they only have family that thinks about them, therefore, they typically get left behind; not many friends or places to go. Sure, they have Best Buddies and Special Olympics activities, but there’s not much out there in the real world. It’s just a fact. That makes a very lonely life for them if they don’t have anyone other than family. Alexis feels very proud to be a part of this group of outstanding ASA young women, and I hope that their decision to accept her will change the attitudes of others as well for a long time to come. She makes you want to be a better person after you’ve spent time with her.
Murray State Best Buddies President Sarah Willmore shared this video of the Alexis’ bid reveal with Best Buddies Kentucky, and it’s sure to make you smile.
Alexis is stoked to have over 140 new sisters (not to mention countless others from ASA chapters around the country). She told The Odyssey,
It felt really good to know that the girls wanted me to join their sorority. They make me feel accepted and really welcomed me into their group already and they feel like the sisters I’ve never had.
Congrats, Alexis! Rock those letters.
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