Amsterdam Marathon for the Al Lewis Trust
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Please donate what you can to help my inspirational friends, Alex Lewis and Lucy Townsend, mum and dad to 3 year old Sam. Alex has recently become a quadriplegic. After suffering only with the symptoms of a cold, on November 17th 2013, Alex was ... More ...

Please donate to help my inspirational friends Alex Lewis & Lucy Townsend, mum and dad to 3 year old Sam.

Alex has recently become a quadriplegic. After suffering only with the symptoms of a cold, on November 17th 2013, Alex was suddenly admitted to Winchester ICU and diagnosed with a serious infection called Strep A. Within hours, Alex was wired up to life support machines and his partner Lucy was told to say goodbye, giving him a 3% chance of survival.

After 7 days, Alex had fought against all the odds and was taken off the dialysis machine. Although he had fought all the odds and survived, this day marked only the very beginning of his battle against the infection which had spread around his body. In the following weeks Alex became a triple amputee, losing his left arm above the elbow and both legs above the knee. Alex also lost his lips and his part of his nose to the infection.

Throughout his struggle, Alex and Lucy's attitude has been unimaginably positive. Somehow, they are relentlessly upbeat, thankful and continue to joke and have fun.

Unfortunately, Alex recently broke his remaining arm in three places which led to the discovery of the infection deep in the bones. Alex then had his final limb removed on 27th June. With his spirit unbroken, Alex still attended a local festival set up to raise money for the trust, to give a speech and thanks for support, just two days after the operation.

Despite yet another setback, Alex remains incredibly positive and excited for the future.

Alex’s future is where we can help.

On 19th October I’m running the Amsterdam Marathon to raise money for the Al Lewis Trust. Please give generously to help raise money for prosthetics (costing over £30,000) and house amendments so that Alex can go on to have a happy, able and active life with Lucy and Sam.

I heard a rumour that in the next few years he hopes to run a marathon too…

Thanks everyone.

You can see Alex with his lovely best friend and now carer, Chris Bagley, on This Morning here:

http://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/i-lost-three-limbs-and-survived-alex-lewis

(Look how well behaved they are!)

There are also lots of press articles here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2740925/Young-father-lost-lips-four-limbs-flesh-eating-bug-endures-two-days-surgery-rebuild-mouth.html 

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/11307161.Determined_Alex_Lewis_will_still_attend_festival_tonight_despite_final_amputation/?ref=var_0

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2648415/Ive-experienced-life-death-Im-Brave-father-lost-three-limbs-flesh-eating-bug-finally-leaves-hospital-doctors-gave-3-chance-survival.html

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/11079519.Young_dad_s_brave_fightback_after_losing_limbs_to_killer_bug/?ref=var_0

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2581574/Father-one-loses-three-limbs-half-face-flesh-eating-bacteria-started-common-cold-just-FOUR-months-ago.html

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