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Teenage battler Alexandra is all revved up by her VIP opportunity to meet Sons of Anarchy hero

By Claire Williamson

A teenager fighting cancer for the third time is going to meet her hero from the TV series Sons of Anarchy.

Alexandra Johnston from Londonderry is battling Ewing's sarcoma - a rare cancer of the bone or soft tissue.

The brave 15-year-old has had cancer in almost every part of her body.

She astounded medical staff with her recovery after initially being given only six months to live following her first diagnosis.

Alexandra underwent 30 rounds of chemotherapy last year, and the family were overjoyed in December to learn that she had beaten the disease for a second time.

However they received the heartbreaking news that the disease had returned, this time in her back and the right-hand side of her pelvis.

During her treatment, Alexandra became a huge fan of the programme Sons of Anarchy, the FX motorcycle club drama.

As a treat last year, her family organised a special surprise and a video which was viewed thousands of times, capturing the moment when 30 bikers arrived outside her house.

In November she received a video call from Sons Of Anarchy star Theo Rossi, who plays Juan Carlos 'Juice' Ortiz.

And in February she was Face-Timed by Charlie Hunnam, who also stars in the show. But it was her dream to meet Ryan Hurst, who plays Opie.

And now that dream will come true.

The teenager said she will burst into tears when she meets the actor next weekend at the Comic Con event in Wales. To make sure the meeting is extra special the actor has sent VIP passes to make sure the whole family can go.

It began with a random act of kindness by an American woman named Alyssa who read about Alexandra's story online.

She sent two VIP passes for the family for the event but when Ryan Hurst heard about the youngster's story he sent three more passes for the rest of the family.

Meanwhile, the Roaring Meg biker group in Derry have offered to pay for her accommodation and the boat across.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Alexandra said: "I'm so happy, I'm so excited, I still can't believe it.

"I don't know what I'll do, but I'll probably cry my eyes out when I meet him."

Alexandra's mum Karen told the Belfast Telegraph the family is overwhelmed.

She said: "She absolutely doesn't know what to do with herself.

"She is so excited and it's just wonderful.

"This was her dream to meet Opie, Charlie Hunnam has already FaceTimed her and now Opie (Ryan Hurst) has sent us VIP tickets.

"So it all just materialised, it's unreal.

"It just keeps her fighting and up there and fighting fit.

"Those wee things make a real difference.

"The guys (in Sons of Anarchy) are all brilliant and that's three out of the cast now in contact with her."

Mum Karen also paid tribute to Alexandra's spirit and strength and determination.

She added: "She's going through treatment again and she is just overwhelmed by it all.

"She's doing brilliant at the minute."

A fundraising page has been set up to help the family as they continue to fight the disease. To contribute you can donate here

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