Six-year-old Alex lives in Surrey with his mum, dad and twin brother. He is a chatty, slightly clumsy boy who loves cars, LEGO® and football. Alex’s wish is to ride in a really fast sports car on a race track. You can help Alex to ride in a sports car by sponsoring his wish now.
Alex is a year-and-a-half into his three-and-a-half-year treatment journey for leukaemia. It all started with leg pain and sickness when he was in reception, but nobody was sure what was causing it.
“It was a massive shock,” Explains mum Nikki, “Being told Alex has leukaemia felt like the worst thing that could happen to us as parents. We asked the doctors to explain the plan and give us a timeline but, really, you can’t plan for it and you have to take each day as it comes.”
Work saved me from worry
Nikki continues, “At hospital, they give you these leaflets and storybooks to help explain your child’s illness to them so, even though he’s only six and is too young to understand the risks, Alex knows he is ill. It struck us just how much he understands when someone on TV was talking about cancer recently and he turned round and said for the first time,
‘I have cancer too, don’t I?’
“Doctors have battered Alex’s cancer with steroids, chemo and different drug combinations because the cancer can become resistant. I had gone back to work just a few months before Alex’s diagnosis and it almost saved me. I had a distraction so that I couldn’t spend all my time researching and worrying.
"It has made us realise just how lucky we were to have a “normal” life until Alex’s diagnosis, and that everything really can change in a day.
Car spotting on the motorway
“Make-A-Wish is a frequent topic of discussion on some of the support groups we have joined on Facebook and, when he was going through the worst of his treatment, I began researching it and reading other children’s wish stories, and we decided to apply.
“Volunteers from Make-A-Wish came for a home visit and Alex had filled in the wish book with his dad, so we knew his wish was going to be something related to cars. He just soaks up information about cars, when we are driving down the motorway, he’ll excitedly point out a Ferrari or a Porsche if ever we see one, so he’s going to be over the moon to get inside a car like this in real life on his wish!
"He doesn’t understand that he has to wait for the day to arrive, so he keeps asking us ‘Mummy, Daddy, when is my wish coming?’
"It’s going to be a chance for us to enjoy quality time together creating happy memories, with the focus being on Alex for the right reasons.”
Give Alex the strength, confidence and resilience he’ll need to face the next few years of tough treatment by sponsoring his wish to ride in a sports car.