**Update** The pain is now all gone and I’m pleased to say that 2 1/2 weeks ago I successfully completed the London Marathon, crossing the finishing line in 3 hours 56 minutes.
Thank you all so much for the donations, your generosity has made a huge difference to Alex’s fundraising efforts. He is now under 2 months away from the trip to Russia, and the fund-raising is still ongoing with the link below if you didn’t get around to donating before.
Thanks for your support, and helping Alex with his life changing treatment
Steve Bennett from Marks & Spencers is Running the London Marathon to help Alex, a close family friend, hopefully beat MS. below is Alex's story.
If you would like to donate towards helping Alex, please visit the GoFundMe page.
We have a chance to change Alex’s future, for the better, Alex will be able to undergo a groundbreaking treatment to halt his Multiple Sclerosis and be without the fear of it robbing him of his quality of life.
Alex struggles on a daily basis since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). His health has deteriorated over the years but most significantly when he had a major relapse in 2013 leaving him with further disability after losing control of his legs.
Since Alex was first diagnosed, we have researched numerous treatments and disease-modifying therapies (DMT) to reduce the onslaught of MS. Some have helped reduce the frequency of relapses, but none will ‘halt’ or even improve the damage that has already been done…
...That is UNTIL NOW!
Alex has chosen to go to Russia for life-changing stem cell treatment, called HSCT (Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant), at the National Pirogov Medical Centre in Moscow, The idea is to reboot his system using a combination of harvesting his stem cells, high dose chemotherapy to kill off his existing faulty immune system and then re-infusing his stem cells to help him rebuild a brand new immune system free of any memory of MS. This is the only medical procedure currently available to Alex that has halted MS progression for the majority (80-95%) undertaking it in a similar condition to Alex.The treatment is designed to stop MS in its tracks permanently.
It is recommended to have HSCT sooner rather than later before more damage occurs and Alex becomes worse. Which is why we need your help now to raise at least £52,000 to cover all costs.