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Alex’s Story

Alex from Ballyclare tells us why he is supporting Cancer Fund for Children and Rory Best in his Miles to Mayo campaign this September. 

“My name is Alex and I love sports, especially Rugby.

I was diagnosed with a Brain Tumour when I was 10 years old and since then it has relapsed twice. My cancer diagnosis affected me both physically and mentally. I was mostly bed bound and I had to relearn to walk with the help of a physio. As part of my treatment, I had several brain operations which in turn have affected my eyesight and balance. After my treatment my appearance changed and affected my self-esteem, to help with this I wore a bandana.

Cancer Fund for Children acted as a reprieve for both my family and I, allowing us to take a break from the trauma of my cancer experience. The services provided allowed me to enjoy some time on a residential or relax with my family at Daisy Lodge.

Rory Best is an idol of mine both on and off the pitch. It was very special to be able to see him before his 180 mile walk. Rory was a great person to be around and he was really friendly. I wish him the best of luck for his challenge, and I hope he has the energy to keep going until the finish!

I think this is a phenomenal event to take part in and real test of strength and will power, but I am positive Rory will overcome this. I am astounded by Rory’s incredible generosity as he continues to inspire me with everything he has done for Cancer Fund for Children and sport in Ireland.”

You can answer Rory’s call by taking on your own challenge or donating to Cancer Fund for Children. For more information on how you can get involved, click here.