FOR many youngsters falling off your bike is part of life – but for one lucky ten-year-old it literally saved his life.

Alex Fogg only discovered he was suffering from a life-threatening form of cancer after falling off his bike.

Now, two years on, he has been given the all clear by doctors.

Alex was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after he tumbled off his bicycle, outside his home.

The then eight-year-old complained to his parents, Julie and Carl, both 38, he had a sore knee.

But when he later developed chest pains his worried parents took him to an emergency doctor.

It was then an X-ray delivered the earth-shattering blow that Alex had stage three of the cancer, the second most serious stage, meaning lymph nodes had formed on both sides of his diap-hragm.

The cancer attacks white blood cells, vital for preventing infections especially at Alex’s young age.

But after the brave boy endured several bouts of gruelling chemotherapy at Great Ormand Street Hospital, London, he has now been given the all clear.

He has just undergone his last procedure and been told his cancer is in remission.

Julie, Alex’s mum, believes fate played a big part in his diagnosis.

“I am so glad Alex fell off his bike that day,” she said.

“If he hadn’t he would never have had the X-ray and he wouldn’t be here today.”

She added: “The whole thing really affected us as a family.

“At the time, my husband and I were like ships passing in the night, taking it in turns to be at his side, while also looking after our four-year-old, Luke, who took it all really well.”

Alex, of Araglen Avenue, South Ockendon, is now back in the saddle and raring to pedal again.

He is a pupil at Bonnygate Primary School, in South Ockendon.