Cancer survivor Alex Goodwin’s visit kicks off Mission Sunflower Festival

Alex Goodwin
Alex Goodwin, a young cancer survivor from the United Kingdom, kicked off the Mission Sunflower Festival with a book signing at the Mission Police Department’s Coffee With a Cop on Friday morning in Hy-Vee.

Alexander Goodwin, the young boy from England fighting cancer who was named Honorary Police Captain of the Mission Police Department, paid the city a visit Friday as a prelude to the Mission Sunflower Festival.

Alex Goodwin
Alex gave Kim Macy, a Mission resident, a warm hug and kiss.

The Goodwin family visited Hy-Vee for the Mission Police Department’s monthly Coffee With a Cop.

Goodwin was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of childhood bone cancer. His father, Jeff Goodwin, is a police officer in the UK and author of the book about his 11-year-old son’s battle with cancer.

“Dum Spiro Spero — I breathe, I hope,” Jeff Goodwin said of the book title and its Latin translation. “Today, it’s better translated as ‘Where there’s life, there’s hope.’”

Little Alex has been in remission for several months, but he still faces serious risks that the cancer could return. A GoFundMe is set up for the Goodwin family.

The Direct Computer Outlet Parade starts at 9 a.m. at the bus terminal and runs west along Johnson Drive to Beverly Avenue. Other groups to be featured at the parade include R.O.T.C., Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Renaissance Festival characters, race cars, City of Mission and other elected officials, children on bicycles, Veterans of Foreign Wars on motorcycles, marching bands and cheerleaders.