Cath O’Loughlin tells the amazing story of how a city came together to make the dream of a young boy come true.

[caption id="attachment_356138" align="aligncenter" width="887"] Alex becomes a firefighter for a day. Photo by Meaghan Coles[/caption]

There's a well-known saying that it takes a village to raise a child – and for the Childhood Cancer Association, we recently had a whole city come together to celebrate a child.

Adelaide’s city centre came to a standstill in February for Make Alex’s Day, an amazing event that enabled eight-year-old Alex to become a firefighter and rescue two sporting stars from on-high in a ‘burning’ building.

Alex was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just three years old and lost his sight as a result. He’s a courageous, smart and funny young boy who’s enjoying school and making friends. Alex and his family are supported by the Childhood Cancer Association in South Australia – and are among the 400 families we support every year.

Make Alex’s Day…

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