Collier Row boy flies to US for urgent tests after brain tumour grows

Collier Row youngster Alex Field, who has been battling an aggressive brain tumour, has flown out to America for urgent tests after his condition deteriorated.

The community has rallied round to raise money for the eight-year-old since the middle of last year and now family and friends are appealing for one more push to get him urgent treatment.

Alex and his family flew to Chicago on Sunday after a brain scan had revealed that his tumour had grown significantly.

The Alex Field Fund has a target of �300,000 to pay for his treatment and has raised �167,000 so far.

Family friend, and treasurer of the Alex Field Fund, Lisa Eccles, said: “We urgently need your help and support to raise the additional funds to give Alex the best chance at beating this, Alex’s parents and family know there are no guarantees and at this point and can only pray this treatment will prove successful, as not only Alex but many children and adults in the future suffering similar brain tumours will also have hope that there will be a treatment available.”

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Fundraising activities will include trying to get all schools in the borough to hold a non-uniform day on July 12, and helpers from the fund will be collecting money at the Brentwood Festival, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, from July 8-10.

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