Alex, 15, wins gold medal
Published on: 25 Aug 2017
A 15-YEAR-OLD boy from Emersons Green who received a lifesaving saving stem cell transplant when he was nine years old has won a Gold medal at the British Transplant Games in Scotland.
Alex Hannard won Gold in the 5km walk for his age group at the annual event in which people who have received lifesaving organ or stem cell transplants take part in a series of Olympic-style events.
When he was five, Alex was diagnosed with Chronic Granulomatous Disorder (CGD), a rare genetic condition that affects the immune system. At Christmas 2011, with help from Anthony Nolan, Alex had a stem cell transplant thanks to an anonymous donor.
Alex was unable to take part in sport before his transplant because of the risk of infection or injury.
His mum, Lou Hannard, said: "For Alex to take part in such a large sporting event now is amazing. It means so much to him."