Family seeks support for their child's cancer diagnosis

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A local family is struggling to cope with a devastating diagnosis and all the bills that come with it. The Montag family's 9-year-old son has an inoperable form of brain cancer.

Just two weeks ago Micah Montag was diagnosed with DIPG, which stands for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma, an inoperable form of brain cancer that primarily affects children.

Micah was rushed to the Denver's Children Hospital where he has begun radiation treatment. He and his family are facing a long and difficult series of treatments.

When Micah's grandmother delivered the news about Micah's illness to neighbor and family friend, Rita London, she was shocked by the news and wanted to do something to support Micah and his family.

“Oh I was just, I nearly fainted, because he just is a sweet little guy and when she said he doesn't have, but maybe six months to live, that was devastating and I just had to do something,” said London.

Unlike many other pediatric cancers, there has been little progress to improve treatments and cure rates for DIPG. Fewer than 10% of children with DIPG survive for two years after their diagnosis.

Rita London has set up an account to support the Montag family. You can donate at any Wells Fargo Bank. The donation account will help the family with medical expenses for Micah's treatments. The Montag family also has a web site for Micah, with pictures and news about his status.

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