As many of you will know by now, our beloved son Alex died on 17 February, just over four years after being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a primary bone cancer that mostly affects teenagers and young people. He left us, peaceful and content, having married his beloved Ali just five days before, on what was a blissfully happy day for them and us all.
This wedding, arranged in ten days, would not have been possible without the incredible help, generosity and kindness of many friends in the village and friends of Emma and Martin’s in Wallingford and beyond, and for this we will be forever grateful.
Similarly the memorable Thanksgiving Service on 28 February was attended and supported by so many of you, and will be a great comfort to us all in the days to come. There, family and friends reflected on Alex’s short but much valued life; his courage and strength, his love and consideration for others, his energy, humour, sense of fun and positivity. We can not thank our family, friends and all who know us enough for their support, love and kindness, now and throughout Alex’s illness.
We now hope to put our energies into supporting the Bone Cancer Research Trust (http://www.bcrt.org.uk/ ), whose aim is to improve outcomes for people with primary bone cancer through research, awareness, information and support. To those of you who have already donated in Alex’s memory, thank you so much.
Sue Robson has kindly decided that the Trust will be the Brightfest charity this year, and Andy will be running a quiz at the Red Lion on 30 May. We are at present planning to utilise other family talents with an Art Exhibition and a Concert later this year. Alex had already been making plans for a sponsored cycle ride from Lewis in the Hebrides to Lewes in Sussex, an ambitious project that we hope will come to fruition this summer.
We would be very grateful for your continued support.Angela and Andy Lewis
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