The father of seven-year-old Alex Novakovic has thanked the people of Aylesbury for making 2013 the best ever Christmas for his family.
Alex, of Bedgrove, had treatment on his brain tumour in Boston earlier this year, paid for by the generous people of Aylesbury.
He has now been chosen to switch on the Christmas lights and has been described by Aylesbury Vale District Council as a ‘local hero’.
His father Rad Novakovic said the family is now looking forward to their best Christmas ever.
“Last year we spent Christmas in hospital and it was all very grim because we had no idea what the future was going to hold.
“It was the worst Christmas we ever had as a family where as this year it will probably be the best.”
Alex received the results of his latest MRI scan earlier this week and Rad said he was making steady progress.
He said: “The treatment that Alex had in Boston is still working and we hope this will continue to be the case.
“There is no trace of the tumour on Alex’s brain at the moment.
“There are still some marks there but the doctors are confident it is just scar tissue.
“If there are no more problems then Alex could be given the official all clear in 2018.”
Alex has been described as the local hero of the year, however Rad said that the people of Aylesbury were the real heroes.
He said: “If it wasn’t for the generosity and the help of the people of Aylesbury we would never have got to where we are today.
“It is amazing that people are able to raise such a huge amount of money in a short space of time.”
Earlier this year, Aylesbury people raised an extraordinary sum of money which eventually topped out at £406,000 to send Alex for special cancer treatment in Boston, USA, which is yielding positive results.
Rad added that Alex’s new found fame had not gone to his head.
He said: “He is still a normal, down-to-earth child. He now accepts that most people know who he is and know his story. He has taken it all in his stride so far and we are now looking forward to spending a wonderful Christmas together as a family.”
Alex will be turning on the town’s lights on Thursday alongside some of the stars of the Waterside panto Sleeping Beauty, including soap star Anita Dobson, local comedian Andy Collins and upcoming singer Holly Brewer.
The ceremony, hosted by Mix 96, takes place between 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the Market Square and a funfair will be held in Kingsbury.
The big switch-on by Alex is due for 6.50pm, followed by fireworks and live music throughout the evening.