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Warwickshire Police officer writes book to raise funds for son's treatment

Warwickshire Police officer Jeff Goodwin has written a book about his family's fight to save his 10-year-old son Alex from a rare form of cancer.

Alex has inspired thousands of people, both here and in the USA, to help him in his journey back to health, after he was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma last year. The lad who loves wildlife is returning to the UK this month following radical treatment in Kansas.

His dad, a Rugby constable, has now written a book, 'Alexander's Journey. Dum Spiro Spero' (While I breathe, I hope) which comes with a documentary DVD. All proceeds will go towards Alex's follow up rehabilitation and checks to make sure he can walk again and that the cancer does not return.

Alex had to undergo difficult surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy over many months but latest tests show the cancer has been destroyed.

He still needs many months of physiotherapy after having surgery to replace his femur with a metal bone which can be extended as he grows.

Jeff said: "Alex's journey was and remains an amazing story where the Thin Blue Line in the UK and in the US came together to support my son. My friends and colleagues in Warwickshire and West Mercia Police stepped up and made sure we had the funds to get him the treatment he needed. We were told that Alex may not last until Christmas 2016 so we managed to get him to Kansas City in the US for life saving treatment and here he is. He is coming home."

Alex and Jeff will be launching the book and DVD at Warwickshire Police headquarters in Leek Wootton on 24 August at 7pm until 9pm.

People can order the book from Warwick Books (www.warwickbooks.net/menu) or by contacting the shop on 01926 499939. The books can be brought to the event on 24 August and given to you there or posted out the following day. All profit goes to Alexander's rehabilitation and to enrich his life as a cancer survivor.

Issued: 3.20pm, Monday 14 August, Kate Ford, Corporate Communications

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Published 14/08/17