Dedicated to the memory of Alexander James Albiston. Gone but never forgotten.

About Alexander

Unfortunately, for the second time, Alexander's world was turned upside down the day before he was due to commence studies at Cambridge University in October 2009 when he was told that the cancer had returned but this time to his lungs. Although further chemotherapy was prescribed, it was evident that Alexander would not be able to matriculate at university in 2010. This was not to say that Alexander had given up hope of one day taking up his place at Cambridge. Despite the further regime of chemotherapy, he continued with his love for Spanish by helping out in lessons at his old school and reading the texts he had acquired in advance of his intended studies. Alexander also fulfilled his aspiration to travel to Madrid to practice his Spanish in this culturally rich city and despite being in pretty much constant pain from walking, he will have made his old Spanish teacher proud by visiting the Geurnica in the Musao Reina Sofia -it was his Spanish teacher that had stimulated his love for not only the language, but also Spanish history and culture.

Unfortunately, after Christmas 2009 Alexander's health deteriorated further, but 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 the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at Weston Park and also the Bone Cancer Research Trust. The latter was a particular passion for Alexander as he was particularly disappointed that outcomes from bone cancer had not significantly improved over the last 15 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 and a dedicated account has been setup in his name with the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

Yorkshire Young Achievers Award Nov 2009

In March of 2010 shortly after Alexander's passing away, the charitable organisation Impact Living, an organisation that provides homes for young people with housing difficulties including those with cancer decided to name a new home in Darnall Sheffield, the 'Alexander James Albiston House', in his memory. Read more

It was 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 resentment 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.

El dolor es temporal, el renunciar dura para siempre

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