Alex was diagnosed in 2014 with a rare blood disorder that caused his body to stop producing enough new blood cells. His treatment initially worked, but he eventually relapsed. The next step was a bone marrow transplant, which he received in June of 2017. He just celebrated his two-year anniversary of his transplant and is officially a survivor!
Throughout his time in the hospital, Alex remained positive and felt that his purpose was to make the other kids laugh and smile. Alex quickly decided he wanted to go to Disney World with his family where he could meet his favorite character, who never fails to make him laugh, Stitch.
Alex and his family stayed at the Give Kids the World Village. There, in between visiting the theme parks, Alex went swimming, ate ice cream and even did stand-up comedy during the variety show. At Magic Kingdom, Alex and his older sister enjoyed splash mountain and meeting Stitch. They felt like VIPs using their Genie passes to skip to the front of lines.
Alex’s mom, Ivy, said “Alex was in a euphoric state of excitement when he got to meet Stitch and give him the BIGGEST hug.”
The next day, the family explored Hollywood Studios where Alex rode the Slinky Dog Dash coaster and even braved the Tower of Tower ride twice! Finally, Alex visited Animal Kingdom, one of his favorites! Alex has always dreamed of working with animals when he grows up and had a blast spotting animals on the safari ride.
Alex’s wish is his favorite topic of conversation. It allowed him the opportunity to spend care-free time with his family, and it called for celebration, too! Together, they celebrated Alex’s birthday and his 2nd transplant anniversary. He’s officially a survivor! Alex is currently still homeschooled and in the 5th grade, hoping to go back to school with his friends soon.