A cash fund saved in the Isle to help the late Alexander Strong of Epworth, has gone to support other families with children suffering from cancer.
Alexander died in January 2013 of the specific rare cancer neuroblastoma. A sum of over £60,000 raised towards treatment for him, in a bid to find a cure, has now been presented to the NCCA (Neuroblastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance).
The Strong family drained their personal savings trying to keep Lex with them, and were supported hugely by the Isle community in fundraising towards possible treatment abroad.
Lex’s mum, Maxine Strong 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. 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.”
Chief Executive of NCCA UK, Bettina Bungay-Balwah said: “A huge thank you to the Strong family who have donated £60,000 of Alexander’s appeal money to us. Lex was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma on Christmas Eve 2009. Sadly, he lost his battle after fighting the disease for two years from the age of five.”
She continued: “We are extremely grateful to the Strong family for such a significant donation. 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.”
Currently there are around seven children being treated for neuroblastoma at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.