It’s been an incredible nine months for 10-year-old Alex Goodwin and his parents, Jeff and Maria, from the United Kingdom. They flew to Kansas City last December, hoping doctors at The University of Kansas Cancer Center could treat the boy’s aggressive bone cancer in his leg, after doctors in England didn’t give him long to live. A surgical team, led by Dr. Howard Rosenthal, replaced Alex’s cancerous leg bone with a specially crafted one that can be lengthened as he grows. The good news is the cancer appears to be gone.
Alex’s story has gained worldwide attention, and has resulted in a documentary called “Alex’s Journey” and a soon-to-be-released book. Alex and his family recently appeared at Unity Temple on the Plaza to greet well-wishers, see a preview of the documentary and sign copies of the DVD. Proceeds will go toward his continued physical therapy and trips back to The University of Kansas Cancer Center every three months to have the leg lengthened. The family heads back to England in August.
In the video, Alex’s mom, Maria Goodwin, talks about the significance of this milestone, how Alex has progressed, why he’s excited to be back in town for a checkup on Halloween, and what she most looks forward to seeing him do with his new leg.
Also on the video, Alex and his dad, Jeff Goodwin, talk about why it was so great to see everyone, how he’s feeling with his new leg, his message for everyone who’s been following him and how happy Jeff is to see his son feeling better. He says he can’t stop stroking Alex’s newly regrown hair!
The video also shows Alex greeting his well-wishers, signing the DVD of the documentary, answering questions from the audience and watching a preview of the documentary.