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The mother of a terminally ill teenager has said she is “overwhelmed” by the response from people who have donated thousands of pounds so he can do things he has dreamed of before he passes away.
Doctors say Alex McCarthy, 13, has just months to live because of a brain tumour which has become inoperable.
In a heart-breaking move, the youngster originally from Mackworth, and his family, came up with a long list of things they would like to do before he dies and launched an appeal on online site JustGiving.
These include indoor sky-diving, race car driving, going in a plane - but not to fly, a trip to Disneyland and also a sightseeing visit around London.
The aim was to raise £1,000 initially but the total so far has exceeded more than £3,000. Mum Rebecca Watts said: “Thank you. It’s been a fantastic, I had no idea that it would have this much of a response.
“I’m totally overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity people have shown towards Alex and the money raised means that we will be able to fulfil his bucket list and so much more.
“We just want Alex to be able to enjoy the time that he has left. So far we’ve visited a few places and most recently, we have enjoying a day out at Legoland.”
Alex first became ill this time last year when he started complaining of headaches, but doctors put it down to migraines.
A couple of weeks later he woke up screaming in pain and vomiting. His mum managed to settle him but, later, when she went to check on him, he was unresponsive. He was rushed to hospital for treatment for a bleed on the brain and returned home days later.
But when he went back to hospital for the results of a biopsy, taken at the time of his operation, his family were told the devastating news that Alex had cancer. Despite under-going numerous rounds of treatment - with some positive effects - a few weeks ago they were told the cancer had returned to two areas of his brain and was inoperable.
People can donate by clicking on the JustGiving page here.
The family, including Alex’s siblings Ryan, 11, and Ciara, 8, lived in Derby between 2001-2010 where she studied and worked at the University of Derby. All three children were born in Derby and Alex went to Brackensdale Infants in Mackworth, until they moved down south to be closer to Mrs Watts’ family.
Since Alex was diagnosed with cancer, the family has completed a number of fund-raising events to help raise money for the Bristol hospital where he was treated.