Alex Returns To The Mountains After Treatment

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Alex Returns To The Mountains After Treatment

22nd February 2020
Alex Harrison

Alex Returns To The Mountains After Treatment

In February 2020, Ski 4 Cancer sent a family from Stockport in Cheshire on a much needed respite break in the mountains.  The family had been due to go skiing in April 2018 but all that changed two days before the family was due to leave the UK.  Alex, then aged six, went for a routine eye test two days before the departure date but it was soon clear that there was a serious problem.

Alex was quickly diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour and spent much of 2018 in hospital undergoing treatment.  This including a high risk eight-hour operation, radiotherapy and a long course of chemotherapy.

Alex’s dream of returning to the mountains became a key part of her recovery plan.  Consequently, Alex’s father Paul set about looking for an affordable short ski break for all the family.  He contacted Ski 4 Cancer to see if we could help.

Alex, who is now eight years old, headed to the Spanish Pyrenees for six days along with her father, mother and older brother (James).  The trip to Spain was Alex’s first ski holiday for four years and one that she very much enjoyed.

Alex’s father Paul said:

“Ski trips can be very expensive but Alex really wanted to go having missed out two years ago, so we are grateful for the financial support from Ski 4 Cancer.  Alex was a little nervous at the start, but by the end of the week she was on a chairlift!”

He continued:

“Ski 4 Cancer is a fantastic little charity who help families during very difficult times.  They gave us something to focus on and look forward to when Alex was finishing her treatment.  Five days in the mountains was exactly what we needed – we cannot thank them enough.”