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In February 2008, at the age of 12, Alex was given the news that he had T-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Although the side effects from the treatment prevented him from returning to his previous hobbies of walking and camping as part of the Scout movement, he was determined to maintain a normal childhood, and quickly developed a love for horse riding and sailing. After three and a half years of chemotherapy, he achieved excellent GCSE and A Level results and gained a place at Birmingham University to study Nursing.
Tragically, on 22 August 2014, just a few weeks before he was due to start term, Alex relapsed. Further chemotherapy failed to work and he was told by doctors that his condition was incurable.
Alex, from Presteigne on the Wales-England border, says: “The rapid progress of the disease hasn’t offered me the time to fundraise like the inspirational teenager Stephen Sutton did. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is my chosen charity as it needs every penny to carry on with the outstanding work it does to ensure blood cancer no longer devastates families like mine. So please dig deep, be generous and donate or fundraise – thank you!”
Alex's story is, unfortunately, a cruel reminder that there is still so much more work to do to help every single person affected by the disease. Yet through his utter determination to continue to do something positive, even when faced with such a heart-wrenching prognosis, Alex has shown us that we can make a difference together. There are donations and messages on his justgiving page from school friends, friends from his time at the Scouts, those who haven't met him but who have read about his story in the Hereford Times this week, and hundreds of others who have had the privilege of meeting him at some point in his life.
Emma Jones, Midlands Fundraising Manager for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: “I never fail to be amazed by the dedication and bravery that our supporters like Alex show. His decision to spend his precious time raising money for our charity to help beat blood cancer has touched so many people. The money raised will not only help improve the lives of others and increase the profile of our work, but it will also leave a lasting legacy of a truly inspirational young man.”