Make-A-Wish Foundation grants boy’s wish, he survives cancer and is now training for 2020 Paralympic

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - 15-year-old Alex Klein is just a typical teenager who happens to lead an atypical life.

"It pretty much a normal routine, except when I get out of bed I have to put my leg on," says cancer survivor Alex Klein.

Alex was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was 8-years-old.

His mother says it was a life threatening diagnosis.

"It breaks your heart. It was really the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with," says Alex’s mother, Denise Klein.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Alex's wish to go to Disney World in Florida.

His mother says it was a blessing for the family. One week without doctor's appointments or bills. They had fun.

"What we do is provide these wish kids and their families with an opportunity of a lifetime so that the family, no matter what happens, they'll always have that memory of that wish to hold onto," says Jackie Heroman with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Alex's foot was amputated at the ankle; he was fitted with a prosthetic leg and the past is history.

Alex is now training for the Paralympics in track and field. The discus shot put and javelin. He even runs the 100, 200 and 400-meter races.

His goal: to participate in the 2020 games in Japan.

He's also a spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

He says helping others work through their hardships and come out on top is one of his priorities.

"I don't want to be somebody that stays home all day and sits around because I have a disability," says Klein.

"I just go through life thinking positive," he says.