Raising vital funds for osteosarcoma research.

Alexander's Story - told by his Dad, Tim


Alexander was a remarkable individual who was always so positive about life, despite his cancer.

A former Sheffield Wednesday Academy football player, he was an accomplished sportsman as well as a very academically gifted student. After his osteosarcoma diagnosis, Alexander endured 18 rounds of chemotherapy, an operation to remove the tumour, and many physiotherapy appointments; which meant that he was hospitalised for over 85 days during his final sixth form year in school. Against his doctor’s recommendation, Alexander continued schooling as much as he could and incredibly he managed to take all of his 5 A Levels that year. He gained top scoring A grades, and won a place at St John’s College, Cambridge University, to study Spanish and Russian. This achievement and Alex’s story broke into the media, and his message on bone cancer will have been heard by thousands. His determination was an inspiration to not only those that knew him, but many others who have now read about his story.

Unfortunately, for the second time, Alexander’s world was turned upside down the day before he was due to commence at Cambridge University, in October 2009, when he was told that the cancer had returned. Although further chemotherapy was prescribed, it was evident that Alexander would not be able to start his university studies as he had dreamed. He did, however, continue with his love for Spanish by helping out in lessons at his old school and also fulfilling his aspiration to travel to Madrid to practice the language.

Unfortunately, after Christmas 2009 Alexander’s health deteriorated further. Never one to dwell on his own situation, Alexander was at the forefront of a number of charity fundraising events, raising many thousands of pounds for BCRT. The research that this charity supports was a particular passion for Alexander as he was disappointed that outcomes from bone cancer had not significantly improved for many years.

Alexander was a truly inspirational individual, as demonstrated by the flood of tributes received to his Facebook page by his friends and all that had known him. These friends have been inspired to continue fundraising activities in Alexander’s memory, so the Alexander Albiston Tribute Fund was set up with the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

It is not so much for his academic achievement against the background of adversity that Alexander will be forever remembered, but his lack of self-pity and his absolute determination to live life to the full. There is no doubt that Alexander packed a lot into his short life, and for this reason his life will continue to be celebrated, and not mourned.

Alexander James Albiston died 13th March 2010, aged 18 years.

In 2019, due to the hard work and dedication of Alexander's family and friends, his fund surpassed the £100,000 mark! To read more about this achievement, read this news piece.

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