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British lad has more than cancer on his mind: A book and video arrive soon

Alexander Goodwin’s final weeks of a long stay in the Kansas City area will include more than radiation, physical therapy and his second cancer-related surgery at the University of Kansas Hospital.

The 10-year-old British boy also plans to autograph books.

His father, police Officer Jeff Goodwin, authored the book that chronicles Alex’s cancer battle and how people in two countries rallied to his support against Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare cancer that destroyed his right hip and thigh bone and nearly took his life. After doctors in the United Kingdom told the family there was little they could do, Alex’s father sought help in Kansas City, where two hospitals collaborated on Alex’s care.

The soft-cover book, “Alexander’s Journey: Dum Spiro Spero,” is being packaged with a video documentary about Alex’s journey. Preorders are being handled by Rainy Day Books in Fairway and include the option of buying tickets for a 7 p.m. July 27 book signing at Unity Temple on the Country Club Plaza. Alex’s dad will give a multimedia presentation at that event.

Alex’s final radiation treatment is scheduled for this week. His final surgery is set for early July but might happen sooner. The nature and bird lover expects to fly home Aug. 20 after spending about eight months in America.

Donna McGuire: 816-234-4393, @dmcguirekcstar

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