End of treatment party
The treatment, of course, was long and hard and there were private moments when Lex was distraught and in pain. When he asked why this had happened to him I explained it was because he was one of the only people strong enough to deal with it.
Lex finally completed his treatment in October 2007.
We decided to celebrate by throwing a Star Wars fundraising party to coincide with Lex’s 8th birthday. We called it Lex Strikes Back. Members of the UK Garrison, the premier Star Wars costume society, came from all over the UK to entertain friends and family. They even included Lex’s favourite Delta Squad Commandos Boss, Sev, Fixer and Scorch.
The event featured a props exhibition by Hullywood Entertainment; balloon modelling; the use of indoor play equipment and a champagne reception. Many members of our local community supported the event.
Combined with the proceeds of an earlier street collection, we raised almost £2,000. One year on and Lex is in remission, growing taller and stronger every day. His experiences have given him wisdom beyond his years and the ability to tackle whatever problems life may throw at him.
It is now our turn to support the charities that supported us during our most difficult time.