Family's mission to cure leukemia

June 17, 2009 3:55:54 PM PDT
The family of a brave 3-year-old boy raises money in a search for a cure for leukemia.Jax Montiel was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2008.

"We really didn't believe it at first. We thought, 'This doesn't happen to our family,'" said Kim Montiel, Jax's mother.

Jax is currently in remission. His family is raising money for leukemia research. They have organized a team to walk in the Jim gibbons 5K Run, 3K Walk and Survivors Strut on Thursday.

"The survival rate for children is between 85 and 90 percent. We're lucky because years ago it was the opposite- 10-percent survival and 90-percent didn't make it. We want 100-percent. That is why we are doing this," said Kim Montiel.

Jax and his sister attend Lovebugs Pre-School, which supporting the Jim Gibbons Walk and Jax's participation.

"It takes a community effort to fight leukemia and Lovebugs Preschool decided to get involved. We just thought it was so important to help the family and be involved with something so we don't have to see other families go what the Montiels have gone through," said Lisa Dickinson, Lovebugs Pre-School.

Jax's treatment is intense with chemo, home meds and once a month spinal taps at the hospital. He will continue chemotherapy for all leukemia for the next three years.

His family is raising money for research at www.leukemia-research.org/4Jax


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