A seven-year-old Aylesbury boy’s family has begun a huge effort to raise £225,000 in less than two weeks for him to have life-saving treatment on a brain tumour.
Alex Novakovic was diagnosed with what was thought to be a terminal tumour in November after suddenly collapsing.
Alex, who has three sisters, was given virtually no chance of survival, but now a leading hospital in Boston, USA, has agreed to treat the Bedgrove Primary School pupil.
The proton radiotherapy is only available in a few places and the hospital has an opening at the end of the month, meaning the family need to raise the money quickly.
By Thursday afternoon they had raised 10% of the required total.
Alex has not been able to go to school since November and his mother, Jasmine, said: “I can’t describe how awful it has been. It’s been absolutely devastating.
“But this news has given me so much hope that we can give him a really good quality of life.
“Getting this opportunity to go to Boston feels like winning the lottery.
“We thought before that he wouldn’t be able to have the therapy because of how the cancer was spread and nobody would treat him because his diagnosis was so poor.
“But we didn’t let that deter us and we got in touch with Boston and asked them to look at his scan results.
“Now they have said they think they can cure him.”
If Alex is unable to have the treatment in America, there are other options here but there would be more side effects and he would be less likely to survive.
The family are doing everything they can to get people to help the cause, including trying to enlist the support of local celebrities.
Jasmine said: “I’ve never done anything like this before, I’m just a housewife.
“It’s very difficult for me but everyone has been fantastic in helping.”