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In 2012 when Alex was just 6 he started complaining of aches and a sore throat. His symptoms persisted, so his mother, Jamie, brought him to their family doctor. His doctor ran tests for strep throat and the flu; when the tests came back negative, they decided to run blood tests as a precaution.
The blood test results surprised everyone, as Alex showed signs of leukemia. His pediatrician told the family to head to the hospital immediately, so they traveled the three hours to Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where Alex had more tests performed. The results confirmed his doctor's fears, Alex had leukemia.
Alex started eight months of intense chemotherapy and 8 days of cranial radiation immediately. His treatment will take more than 3 years, but he has been amazing throughout it all. "We are so inspired by his attitude," explains Jamie. "He never complains about what is going on, just goes through treatment with a smile on his face."
Treatment hasn't been easy for Alex. He had to miss 7 months of school due to his compromised immune system. He missed being around friends and participating in normal activities. "Alex is my hero," says Jamie. "I can't imagine having to deal with all that he has at such a young age. He just keeps on smiling through it all." He is now back in school, and looking forward to being off treatment in May of 2015!