A big outpouring of love for little Rex

There were plenty of moments for tears, as well time for smiles and even laughter, on Friday at a memorial service held for Rex Fleming at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. But what stuck with me was when dozens of youths, from pint-size youngsters to burly football players, quietly made their way to the front of the sanctuary to place blue ribbons near a display of photographs, flowers and memorabilia honoring the 10-year-old who died peacefully almost five days earlier.

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No. 5: Abilene sports teams rally around 10-year-old with brain cancer

Abilene teams rallied around Rex Fleming, who was diagnosed with brain cancer after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor two years ago. Fleming, the 10-year-old son of Abilene Christian University sports information director Lance Fleming, passed away Nov. 25. Sports were an important part of Rex’s life, and he was a passionate fan of the Abilene High football team. He spent a lot of time with the Eagles this past season, and the team had pretty much taken him in as one of their own.

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Church filled to overflowing in remembering Rex Fleming’s short but overflowing life

Hundreds gathered Friday morning to honor the memory of 10-year-old Rex Fleming, the crowd so great that it overflowed the sanctuary of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church into other areas of the church to accommodate all those wishing to pay respects. Fleming, who died Sunday after a two-year fight with brain cancer, was honored through song, fond recollections by those who knew him in life, and in an opening slide show and video presentation that showed the sports-loving Fleming at play, hanging out with family and friends, and just being a typical 10-year-old.

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Rex Fleming: Social media lets world keep tabs on youngster, and offers family emotional outlet

Friends have been able to keep up with Rex Fleming’s story almost from the beginning, thanks to social media. His father, Lance, has been keeping a journal on CaringBridge.org — a website designed for people to communicate and find support during a health crisis like Rex’s. Lance also updates Rex’s situation on his Facebook page. But it all started with an email that first night at Hendrick Medical Center, where Rex was initially diagnosed with a brain tumor Nov. 22, 2010.

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Rex Fleming: Abilene family tells story of 10-year-old son’s battle with brain cancer

Lance Fleming keeps a folded napkin in his wallet. It’s something he will keep for the rest of his life. On it are the words his son Rex said the night before his first brain surgery: “I’ll live to tell the story.” Odds are Rex won’t live to tell the story. The 10-year-old has been battling brain cancer for two years, and his condition has grown dire since the beginning of the month. It appears Lance and his wife, Jill, will have to tell his story.

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