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Rallying round for Alexander Strong

Seven-year-old Alexander Strong will be treated to a VIP day at London toy store Hamleys, after generous donations from Epworth and Isle of Axholme Rotary Club, Epworth Taxi, Axholme Taxis, and East Coast Mainline. Pictured back l-r are Alex's mum Maxine Strong, Rotary members Julie Ingelbrecht, Ian Parkin, and Rotary president Debbie Cross. Front l-r are Alex Strong, sister Olivia, nine, and Dad Mark.  Picture: Liz Mockler E1374LM

Seven-year-old Alexander Strong will be treated to a VIP day at London toy store Hamleys, after generous donations from Epworth and Isle of Axholme Rotary Club, Epworth Taxi, Axholme Taxis, and East Coast Mainline. Pictured back l-r are Alex's mum Maxine Strong, Rotary members Julie Ingelbrecht, Ian Parkin, and Rotary president Debbie Cross. Front l-r are Alex Strong, sister Olivia, nine, and Dad Mark. Picture: Liz Mockler E1374LM

A LITTLE boy with a rare form of cancer was treated to two days out this week by big-hearted residents.

Alexander Strong, aged seven, is seeking treatment for a tumour called a neuroblastoma after doctors ruled radiotherapy will not halt the cancer.

But the community in Epworth has rallied behind the Burnham Road youngster this week to help put a smile on his face.

Alexander was treated to a ride in an American truck on Saturday by driver Andy Graves, of Scunthorpe, who came forward after he was touched by his plight.

And the fun continued for him on Tuesday, when the Rotary Club of Epworth and the Isle of Axholme arranged a trip to the famous Hamleys Toy Store in London.

Epworth and Axholme Taxis agreed to take Alexander, his sister Olivia, nine, mum Maxine and rotary members to the railway station for free. Meanwhile, East Coast Mainline paid for first class train tickets.

Dad Mark, 46, a chartered engineer, told the Bells/Advertiser: “He has had to deal with so much and we are always so grateful when people offer support like this.

“He really enjoyed the truck ride as it was the same make as Optimus Prime from Transformers so we kept saying its his brother.

“Hamleys is a huge store and they spent the whole day there. They have displays, games and activities on so it was a lot of fun for them.”

Alexander was due to start a form of radiotherapy called meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) but a scan at the end of October showed this would not work.

He is due to go for further tests at the University College Hospital London on November 16 to see what other treatments can be offered.

Meanwhile, the youngster’s family are attempting to raise around £90,000 to pay for treatment overseas which is not available in the UK.

Mr Strong said: “The specialists have told us the treatments are about trying to prolong his life now.

“We are talking to hospitals in America, Germany and Holland at the moment to see what they can offer. One treatment we are hopeful of is antibody therapy, which helps to stimulate the immune system.

“We will await the results of the latest scan and discuss it through with the consultants.”

Alexander’s fund – log on to www.lexysfund.btck.co.uk for details – is currently at around the £30,000 mark.

 

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