Family raise £120,000 for vital cancer treatment for nine-year-old son

A nine-year-old boy from Leicestershire with a rare form of cancer will receive vital treatment in the US after his family successfully raised £120,000.

Alex Goodwin, from Dunton Bassett has a rare type of bone cancer called Ewing Sarcoma. He was diagnosed with the condition in June, after struggling with constant leg pain since Christmas 2015.

His family have been fundraising to maximise Alex’s chances of survival and to give him the best possible treatment.

More than £50,000 has been donated by the public, with the rest donated by a benefactor who wishes to remain unknown. A lawyer and an accountancy firm is helping the family oversee the management of the money to ensure transparency.

The family have said that they would like to “thank everyone for their amazing hard work, generosity and overwhelming support for Alex”.

Alex’s treatment in the US will look to replace Alex’s femur with a telescopic prosthesis that can be lengthened as his body grows. This is a complex and risky procedure.

Alex is due to fly to the US next week, with doctors in the UK working closely with the team in the US.