MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – Today was the 9th annual Pumpkin Festival in the Eastern Hampden county town of Monson. 22News found out why this community event is reaching far beyond the residents of Monson.
6 year old Mikey Schultz was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was in Kindergarten. He has had surgery and is undergoing chemotherapy. The town of Monson has come together for a second time this year to help the family pay for their medical bills.
“It’s all about raising money for the family of this little boy who is fighting for his life right now.”
The First Church of Monson along with members of the community have raised nearly $1,000 all of which will go to the Schultz family to help pay for Mikey’s medical bills.
Mikey and his family now live in Maryland, but his father, Ed Shultz, was once a Springfield Police Officer.
Although it’s been over a decade since he’s lived in western Massachusetts, he told 22News the outpouring of support he has received has been incredible.
“I am awestruck with how many people have come out to show support for Michael, I feel truly blessed.”
Schultz grew up in Springfield and went to high school with Lisa Gerard, who started Team Mikey. Gerard told 22News although fundraising started small, it has grown into a community wide event.
“It’s slowly growing which is a wonderful thing just so we can ease the burden of his parents. To just know that I still have such a strong connection and so many people willing to step up for my son and for my family back here it just warms my heart.”
Team Mikey has now raised about $5,500 in total fundraising efforts.