VIDEO: Windsor Teen Serves As Relay For Life Champion
A Windsor boy who has fought and beat cancer on three separate occasions is serving as this year's Relay for Life Champion.
This year's relay — which raises awareness and funds for cancer research and support — drew hundreds to Colasanti's in Kingsville.
on Friday, teams walked and participated in events from 7am to 7pm.
Alex Archer was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2008, he had a relapse in 2013 and another that led to a bone marrow transplant n 2017.
One year later, the 13 year old is doing well and is the Relay for Life Champion, something he had planned on doing last year before cancer derailed his plans.
"It feels great because I didn't get to do this last year and I always like to do this, I like to run and walk," he says. "My goal is to try and get a half-marathon in because two years ago I did exactly a half marathon."
Alex's mother Karen tells AM800 News he's an athletic kid and being able to be out and active again after being bed ridden this time last year is something special.
"Being able to be here is great for him, he loves this event, he loves being with his friends and family," she says. "It's a big event for him; he looks forward to it every year. Last year he wasn't able to be here, but this year he's super excited."
She says being able to give back and maybe inspire others fighting the disease is something the family looks forward to every year.
"So many people have been touched by cancer and it's always great to hear a success story as well," says Archer. "Alex has been through a lot, but he's still here with us and doing great."
The family took part in their first Relay for Life in 2009 — their team was fittingly named Alex's Walking Warriors.