Alex Cawood's Universe

A Pediatric Cancer Research Fund

“Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space. Maybe we should trust that, even if we can’t understand it.”

Alex Cawood understood it! This quote is taken from Interstellar, Alex’s favorite movie. He tweeted this not long before he passed away on February 23, 2020 at age 20 from pediatric Ewing sarcoma. Alexander William Cawood (Alex) was an extraordinary young man, so athletic and so compassionate… people were drawn to him. He was a born leader.

Alex's Fight

Alex fought this relentless disease for 18 months through surgeries, brutal chemotherapy, proton therapy, and rehabilitation. He lost the use of his left arm due to nerve damage from the tumor, and eventually lost the use of both his legs when the tumor returned in November 2019 and fully compressed his spinal cord. That is when we were told there was nothing else that could be done.

It’s difficult for young adults to go through something like this. They tend to fall through the cracks, too old to be treated like a child, but too young to face their mortality. Alex faced his mortality head on. How do you measure strength? It can be measured in the ability to smile in front of friends and family so you don’t burden them with what’s going on, the ability to laugh and joke with nurses and doctors while they are administering poison into your body, going to physical therapy and taking everything you’ve got just to slide your arm across a table, shaking from the strain, and then looking up and smiling. That my friends is strength. The courage and strength of this young man left its mark on Alex’s family and everyone who knew him. Our hope is that his story will inspire people to help find a cure for this dreadful disease.

The Fund

Alex Cawood’s Universe Fund: A Pediatric Cancer Research Fund was inspired by Alex’s love for the mystery of space and his Facebook post from December 2019, a couple of months before he passed away:

“My wish for this Christmas, may all children with cancer win the battle.”

All funds raised by Alex Cawood’s Universe will be directed toward life-saving pediatric cancer research reviewed by CURE’s Scientific Advisory Council. The Cawood family and their supporters are committed to advancing better treatment for pediatric Ewing sarcoma and precision medicine, to ultimately find a cure for this aggressive disease.

Alex loved life. In Alex Cawood’s Universe, cancer does not exist. Children deserve the opportunity to live their lives. Believe in Love.

The Fund

Alex Cawood’s Universe Fund: A Pediatric Cancer Research Fund was inspired by Alex’s Facebook post from December 2019, a couple of months before he passed away:

“My wish for this Christmas, may all children with cancer win the battle.”

All funds raised by Alex Cawood’s Universe will be directed toward life-saving pediatric cancer research reviewed by CURE’s Scientific Advisory Council. The Cawood family and their supporters are committed to advancing better treatment for Pediatric Ewing Sarcoma and precision medicine, to ultimately find a cure for this aggressive disease.

Alex loved life. In Alex Cawood’s Universe, cancer does not exist. Children deserve the opportunity to live their lives. Believe in Love.

Purpose of the Fund

The purpose of the fund is to advance research aimed at curing Ewing sarcoma, and to further the application of genetic-based, precision medicine for children with cancer.

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Make A Difference

Pediatric Ewing sarcoma is a rare form of cancer that most often affects children and teenagers. It commonly affects bones — such as the ribs, upper arm bone, thighbone, and pelvic bone — but can also affect soft tissues, such as those in the pelvis or chest. Ewing sarcoma only affects 300 to 400 people in the United States each year, and because it is so rare there is very little funding that goes to research and treatment. Due to this lack of funding, there has been little advancement in the treatment of Ewing sarcoma in over 47 years.

That has to change!

Alex requested that this poem be read at his funeral. It was written by Chief Tecumseh, a Native American Shawnee warrior.

Alex died like a hero going home.

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view,
and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people.

Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend,
even a stranger, when in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people and grovel to none.
When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.
Abuse no one and no thing,
for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die,
be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death,
so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time
to live their lives over again in a different way.
Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

~ Chief Tecumseh