The sister of an Ilkeston youngster who lost his battle with bone cancer two years ago will shave her head in his memory.
Alex Read died on March 13, 2014, aged 14, leaving his family heartbroken.
Alex had gone to see his GP four times with pain in his shoulder following a fall when he was playing football. When the pain increased he was admitted to A&E on New Year’s Day 2013 where he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a form of bone cancer.
His sister Eleanor and her friend Dave Pearson will shave their heads at The Mallard pub on March 12 to raise money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.
Eleanor, said: “On the weekend of Alex’s anniversary this year, we will be making rather a large change to our appearances - shaving our heads. We’re taking on this somewhat daunting challenge not just to raise money for the great work of the BCRT, but also to show a small part of what Alex and other bone cancer patients have to go through. Being able to wake up, style our hair, and have such control over our appearance is something many of us take for granted every day. Losing this control will be as much a part of our challenge as the actual event, but will give us a greater respect for and understanding of what Alex dealt with.
“Alex fought bravely, always with a smile on his face, never once asking ‘why me?’ “If Alex can be brave then so can we. We know he’ll be there with us.”
So far they have raised £920 through their Justgiving page.
The charity’s aim is to improve outcomes for people with primary bone cancer through research, awareness, information, and support.
Eleanor said: “The BCRT do truly amazing things across all these areas but can only continue to do so with donations.”
During his illness he won awards for his bravery and met Prince Harry at an awards ceremony.
Donate at justgiving.com/head-shave-for-alex/ You can also text EDHS99 £1, £2, £3, £4, £5, or £10 to 70070.
Michelle Roberts, who runs a holistic business, recently had an official opening afternoon and invited friends and family for a cake and cup of tea to raise money in memory of Alex. The event raised £200 which she was ‘absolutely thrilled with’.