Lexy, who has been in Minnesota since September for her leukemia treatments, discovered that her backyard and front yard were filled with painted eggs, baskets of candy, flowers, pinwheels, balloons, stuffed animals and "welcome home" signs given by members of the Zion Lutheran Church.
Her mother, Melissa Becker, said during a telephone interview that as soon as Lexy saw the backyard, she ran up the stairs to wake everyone and tell them the Easter Bunny came early.
"She said, 'I didn't know the Easter Bunny worked on Saturday,' ” Becker said. "We had kind of hoped she'd sleep in a little longer so we could get some rest."
Lexy, who is eight years old, spent most of Saturday morning roaming around the yard collecting gifts and treats with her three-year-old brother, Nicholas. Lexy said that tomorrow she plans to hunt for more Easter eggs and dye some of her own before she ran off to play.
On Friday night, the Beckers had finished driving back from the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis, which is where Lexy and her mother were staying as Lexy recovered at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital from her bone marrow transplant on Jan. 4.
"All she said was, 'I'm going to lie down and go straight to bed,' " Becker said. "Then once we were home, she starting running around and screaming with happiness."
Becker said the doctors allowed Lexy to go home for Easter, but she has to go back because a small percentage of leukemia cells have returned. Becker said Lexy was a little disappointed she could only stay home for the weekend, but Lexy has remained strong throughout her ordeal.
"She handles everything so well," said Becker, "sometimes she gets a little crabby, but she has a right to be."
Becker said that Lexy eventually fell asleep, which is when Zion Lutheran Church Pastor Marcia Sylvester gathered about 20 volunteers to decorate the yard.
The Beckers have belonged to the Zion Lutheran Church for about six years, and its members have all constantly monitored Lexy's progress.
"Our church has been like a second family to us, they continue to stay close even though we're so far away," said Becker.
Saturday marked the one year anniversary of the day Lexy was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, which is a preleukemic bone marrow disease that causes her body to make defective red and white blood cells, Becker said.
Lexy was originally supposed to have a bone marrow transplant using umbilical cord blood in September, but her preleukemic syndrome morphed into acute myeloid leukemia.
This forced Lexy to remain in the hospital for the rest of 2011 and undergo chemotherapy, blood and platelet transfusions, chromosome tests and numerous other procedures to keep her cancerous cell count as low as possible, Becker said.
Lexy received bone marrow for the transplant from an anonymous donor in January and remained in the hospital through February. She was released into her mother's care in March, but has to stay within a half-mile of the hospital because her immune system is so weak, Becker said.
The next step in Lexy's treatment plan is to have her anonymous donor give leukocytes, which are pure white blood cells that will attack anything they spot as abnormal in the body, the doctors believe that the donor cells will view Lexy's original cells as abnormal and kill them. Becker said.
Becker said her daughter is a fighter and that she will not give up in her struggle against this disease.
The family has been thrilled with the amount of support that her church and the entire community has shown toward Lexy, Becker said.
"We appreciate all the support, we couldn't do this alone," Becker said.