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Tragic boy’s family pledge to help sick children in Sheffield

Olivia and Maxine Strong present cheque to Bettina Bungay-Balwah and Vicky Ingles of Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Alliance at Sheffield Children's Hospital

Olivia and Maxine Strong present cheque to Bettina Bungay-Balwah and Vicky Ingles of Neuroblastoma Children's Cancer Alliance at Sheffield Children's Hospital

The family of a youngster who died after fighting a brave battle with cancer has handed over more than £60,000 to a charity which supports other children with the disease.

Alexander Strong – known as Lex – was diagnosed with neuroblastoma on Christmas Eve five years ago, but despite being treated by experts at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, the cancer continued to spread.

Lex’s parents were given the heartbreaking news that their son’s chances of survival were slim, and he died aged seven at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston last January.

Now Lex’s family have donated £61,155 from an appeal fund set up for the little boy to the Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance UK, which will help other children facing the illness.

His dad Mark said: “During Lex’s diagnosis and treatment I felt sad, angry and bitter.

“As a father and husband it is your job to look after your family, and during these most terrible of times it was my sole aim to take away the pain from my son, my daughter and my wife.

“My son Lex is no longer in pain but others dealing with this dreadful childhood cancer are.”

The Strongs drained their savings trying to keep Lex alive, and funds were raised towards possible treatment abroad.

Mum Maxine said: “The money was always towards treatment. Alexander was a little boy who never had the chance to grow up.

“All the money raised has been saved untouched until the right time and child came along.”

Maxine, from Epworth near Doncaster, added: “Now we have passed this money raised by so many people who wanted Alexander to beat cancer to help not just one child but many more.

“This will give other families the chance for their child to have a future and a chance to grow up.”

Currently there are around seven children being treated for neuroblastoma at Sheffield Children’s hospital.

Bettina Bungay-Balwah, chief executive of the NCCA, said: “This hugely generous contribution will help us continue to provide better access to treatment for families affected by neuroblastoma. We hope Alexander’s supporters find some comfort in the knowledge that his appeal money will be used to help others facing neuroblastoma.”

 

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