Suffolk police cadets support seriously ill 12-year-old
Suffolk Constabulary’s police cadets are supporting a 12-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with cancer.
In December 2015 at just eight years of age, Alexander Goodwin from Leicestershire was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in the pelvis and right leg called Ewing’s Sarcoma. Fewer than 30 children in the UK develop Ewing’s Sarcoma each year.
In October 2016 he was confined to a wheelchair and told that he may only live just a few months. The family found life-saving treatment in America and received treatment from hospitals in two states. Part of the surgery saw Alex’s right femur and knee with a state-of-the-art telescopic prosthetic bone.
To raise money and show support to Alex the cadets, aged 13-18, teamed up with Sudbury Town Council wardens to complete a litter pick around the town, followed by refreshments laid on by their local Tesco store.
Haverhill cadets and Mildenhall cadets also went out into their local neighbourhood to help clean up the street, while Ipswich police cadets helped at a local community garden in Castle Hill. The cadets dug a pond out and fitted the lining, made bird feeders, turned over a bed and removed a load of grass for that it could be used as a vegetable garden.
Samantha Hallatt, Suffolk Constabulary Cadets Co-ordinator said: "Alexander is an extraordinary young boy who gives hope and inspires those fighting their own battles.
"He still has to go back to America for regular intensive checks, scans and essential femur extensions. All of this cost a great deal of money. As a way to support Alex, the National Volunteer Police cadet team set a challenge to all police cadets across the country to show support and raise money to help. The cadets looked for ideas in the community with the help of Community Action Suffolk to find projects for them to do.
"He has a great love of nature and cares more about wildlife and others than himself. The aim was to do something that Alex loved and cared about.”
You can follow Alex’s story at: https://alexanders-journey.com or follow him on twitter @alexs_journey
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