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Family thanks community for support

2014-06-29T00:00:00Z 2014-06-30T12:28:06Z Family thanks community for support The Billings Gazette
June 29, 2014 12:00 am

On Chrtstmas Eve of last year, my 22 year-old son came home to share a family dinner. He got a bloody nose, and two hours later, we were at the emergency room hoping to have them get it to stop. Two days later, we were told that he had acute leukocematic cancer. Yes, that is leukemia, the kind that grows very quickly.

Dr. Cobb at St. Vincent's began chemotherapy right away. It has been almost six months of weekly treatments, several extended hospital stays and an untallied amount of medical bills.

We have been very fortunate to live in such a giving community and be surrounded by such generous people. Local business and personal friends have been very forthcoming In their support of my son's medical bills. Palagio's Pub and Casino of Billings sponsored a fundraiser that honored Austin on Memorial Day weekend. The event was a huge success. We would like to publically thank those who organized that fundraiser and gave many hours of their time to support our cause.

What an amazing city we live in!

Austin still has five months of therapy, which will be followed by two years of maintenance treatments. He is continuing his daily struggles, but is determined to gain his life back.

Dennis Heidt

Billings

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