The Fall Guy

It’s been amazing what people will do to help with the fundraising. Step forward good friend – Sam Thomson!

What does a man who hates flying, hates heights, want to do to raise cash? Hurl himself out of a plane naturally. This man is risking his life for my future, YES – risking his life! (That’s written for his benefit) …though we all know that skydiving is far safer than crossing a road. 😉 …but still, what an amazing gesture! Who know’s he might even gain a new hobby?

What his wife Gemma didn’t know was that I advertised that if he raises over £5,000, she’ll jump too. ‘Evil genius b*****ds’, I believe she called us when she found out (Mwahaha!!). Okay £5k is probably a tall target, but you if it happens – everyone’s a winner. Gemma too I’d like to think.

It’s difficult to put a figure out how much he’s raised so far, around £1,000 I think? What an amazing friend this fella is.

Thanks Sam! and good luck with the jump.

Thank you!

Wow, it’s been an absolute whirlwind couple of weeks! I would never have imagined such support, from close family and friends, colleagues, past colleagues, friends of friends I’ve never met, to people who have simply donated because they read my story.

It has been so incredibly humbling and totally overwhelming. I’m now over a quarter of the way to the total amount needed and still going strong. I still have news stories to appear in the press, a BBC radio interview booked and more emails to media agencies to write. So keep you eyes and ears peeled. Thank you so much for all the social media shares so far, I can’t tell you how much this has helped. Really!!!

If your Facebook timeline is anything like mine, and has been vomited all over by pictures of me. I apologise. 😉

Also a massive thank you to Debbie Bowles and my wife Jen for organising an amazing fundraising evening for me. A three course meal, with 120 tickets selling out in a weekend. Incredible! And thank you to everyone who has organised so many fantastic prizes to raffle off and auction too. I’m actually quite gutted that I’m going to be unable to bid for some. …and it doesn’t stop there. Family in Liverpool have organised their own for me too. I’m looking forward to that trip, always so much fun.

Here’s to the next 7 weeks. …again thank you!

(the obligatory link)
http://www.gofundme.com/letsgetrid

I’m Alex – I hate Multiple Sclerosis

 

Hello I’m Alex Green, I live in Leatherhead, England and as the title suggests – I have Multiple Sclerosis – and hate how it’s ruining my life.

I’ve been planning to go and see Dr. Fedorenko in Moscow to receive pioneering HSCT stem cell treatment to combat/stop/cure this cruel condition. It will involve a sharp dose of chemotherapy to wipe out my immune system, which has been attacking my nervous system, stopping the nerves from functioning properly, causing me a whole host of physical problems. Then putting my own stem cells back in place to form a whole new immune system, one without the mindset to inflict unnecessary damage.

I used to play sports regularly, enjoy walks and general days out. Something largely taken away from me. I can’t run, now struggle to walk and a day out can often be more stress than it is fun. I believe that I’m a prime candidate for this treatment and I’m hopeful of making a good recovery. Hoping to walk properly and unaided again, lose the debilitating fatigue I suffer, and even kick a football again. That’s my dream. None of this is guaranteed, but possible.

Regularly check my blog to read the latest news and developments. I’ll be posting regular videos too. Beware I’ll be talking very frank. …but aim to entertain.

Follow me on Twitter – @PalmOffAlex
Subscribe on YouTube – The Palm Off

== The fundraising page  – www.gofundme.com/letsgetrid ==

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IT’S BEGUN

Expecting an email probably in the summer asking ‘how’s November for you?’, instead I got one from Russia on Monday asking ‘how’s April?’. That’s just nine weeks away!

Amazing, expecting another year of this Multiple Sclerosis condition of mine I’ve put up with for the last eight years. I’ve got weeks!

Crap, I’ve some serious fundraising to be doing! – What a fantastic problem to have. I have £45,000 to raise. That’s a lot of money – but it’s doable.

That was Monday. It’s now Saturday, this week so far has been AMAZING!! I can’t believe how lucky I am, I have so many fantastic friends & family, and have been truly humbled by their support. Even old work colleagues too have come up trumps.

This week has totally given me the belief this is going to happen. Nearly 20% raised online, one fundraising meal evening organised (80 tickets sold – sale began four hours ago), and will probably all be sold before this weekends out, I have a lot of family up in Liverpool – and they’re going to hold their own too (two events I might add), talk of a friend cycling 200 miles in a day and possibly another jumping out of a plane. Incredible!

I have been constantly gobsmacked this week, and massively humbled.

I’ve got so much organising and writing to do, though this week have spent every evening till late replying to so many fantastic messages and donations. Of course I’m not complaining, I’m just so pleased to have a fantastic wife in Jen to be able to rally around, make phone calls, organise auction prizes and selling meal tickets. I don’t know what I’d do without her.

So this is my first post of many. I hope to keep you posted with what’s happening, thought’s and how I’m getting on.

THANK YOU – to everyone who’s been so incredibly supportive so far, I certainly don’t feel alone in this. I’ve been buzzing all week – and we’ve only just begun!