Thank you for taking an interest in my petition. Helping both adults and children survive cancer is something I feel very strongly about. Their aim is to save lives from cancer. They do this through funding research, providing information for patients, health professionals and the public, and influencing public policy to keep cancer at the top of the health agenda.
Here is Alex Warne’s story. Alex Warne, 14, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in December 2003 when he was just six. His parents took him to hospital after he lost energy and had aches in his legs and he quickly started a year of intensive chemotherapy treatment. It was an exceptionally difficult time for the family as, three weeks after Alex’s diagnosis, his grandfather was told he had terminal pancreatic cancer and passed away five months later. After the intensive treatment, Alex underwent two and a quarter years of maintenance chemotherapy during which he had to be in a wheelchair at times. Alex also had to have his feet straightened as the chemotherapy had overstretched his Achilles tendons.
Alex is now back at school, taking part in a wide range of sports and has also developed his writing skills. He wrote a story called The Heaven Flower which was published in 2010. Mum Julie said: “Alex is such an amazing teenager. I want other kids who are going through cancer to be inspired by Alex.”
“But we will never have our carefree life back again – if there is even a slight problem of illness with Alex, I switch to the day of diagnosis again.” Their pioneering research on childhood leukaemia has benefited thousands of children like Alex.
Cancer Research’s pioneering research on childhood leukaemia has benefited thousands of children like Alex.
Thank you again for looking at my petition. Please sign my petition if you believe that more should be done to help people survive cancer by supporting organisations like Cancer Research.