Thousands of pounds are being raised every hour to help a seven-year-old Aylesbury boy have life-saving treatment on a brain tumour.
Alex Novakovic’s family need to raise £225,000 in less than two weeks so he can have special cancer therapy in Boston, USA.
By 5.30pm on Friday, the third day of the appeal, nearly £60,000 had been raised with more than 2,000 people donating online.
The family has 12 days to raise the rest of the money.
Alex’s story has gone viral on Twitter and Facebook, with thousands of people promoting his story, including celebrities such as Joss Stone, Lauren Laverne and John Bishop.
Sports stars with links to Bucks are also doing their bit to help the appeal.
On Thursday night footballers Emmerson Boyce, Rob Hall, Matty Phillips, Ellen White and Liam Marum, Vale British Touring Car racer Andy Neate, rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio, Olympians Christian Malcolm and Craig Gibbons and clubs MK Dons and London Wasps all retweeted the links to raise money, reaching a combined figure of more than 150,000 people.
And sports clubs have got involved, too. Pegasus Gym are doing a fitness marathon on Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Tickets are £5 and the money goes towards Alex’s fund. Aylesbury United also announced it would be collecting for Alex in their final home league game against London Colney on Saturday.
Thousands have left tributes on Alex’s Just Giving page. One from the Woolridge Group in Surrey reads: “We wish you all the best and hope and pray the treatment works.” While another writes: “Praying you make the amount needed and that it is successful. Get well soon.”
Aylesbury police officer Richard Bazeley, who is running the London marathon, is asking people to divert their sponsorship donations to the appeal.
A number of events are also organised to raise money, including cake sales and a mufti day at Haydon Abbey School, a garage sale in Watermead, a spinathon at Budgens, ‘wear a hat’ days at various Bucks schools, a family fun day, an eBay auction of sporting memorabilia, a ‘Mums on the run’ event in Bedgrove, a fundraising day at Tesco Broadfields and a Bokwa fitness session at Bedgrove Infant School.
A Facebook page, ‘Alexanders Fundraising Page’, has been set up where people can post about events they are organising.
Alex’s mum, Jasmine, said they have been overwhelmed by the support.
She said: “It’s absolutely fantastic.
“It gives me so much hope, it’s so exciting for us.
“Alex is delighted. It has really given us a boost.
“The community have been amazing. The texts and phone calls I’m getting are just too much.
“Everyone is just flat out.
“I’m so thankful to everybody who is helping my son.”
Alex was diagnosed with what was thought to be a terminal tumour in November after suddenly collapsing.
The Bedgrove Primary School pupils, who has three sisters, was given virtually no chance of survival, but now a leading hospital in Boston, USA, has agreed to treat him.
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.
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.
You can also donate to the fund by texting NCXV73 and your amount of either £2/ £5/ £10 to 70070