12-year-old Jose Montano inspires others despite battling brain cancer

Boy makes goodie bags for sick children's families

SAN DIEGO - A 12-year-old boy is helping others despite undergoing treatment for brain cancer.

While Jose Montaño is getting chemotherapy at Rady Children's Hospital, he is usually not sitting idle. When 10News caught up with him on Tuesday, he was pulling a little red wagon up and down the outpatient ward helping other families.

Jose is a young deliveryman making his rounds on the second floor, delivering toys to sick children and healthy snacks to their parents and caregivers.

"There's a water, so they can drink something … a granola bar, because it's healthy …," Jose said.

Jose said he knows what it is like to be hungry and seeing his parents hungry as they do not want to leave his bedside. So he packs up the bags and hands them out since he knows what it is like.

When asked what he feels like when he can hand that to someone, Jose said, "It makes me feel really good."

Last year, 10News was at Berry Elementary School when Jose arrived for a surprise 11th birthday party. Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he asked to have a new playground built for students at his school.

"Where do you think you learned that from?" asked 10News reporter Jennifer Jensen.

"My dad," Jose said.

"He makes me cry just by looking at him … but it's tears of happiness and of joy to know that he doesn't give up," said Jose's father, Jose Montaño Sr.    

More than two years ago, young Jose was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. His doctor said Jose is an inspiration.

"He is amazing. I cannot believe with everything that he and his family are going through that he finds his strength to do something so altruistic; it's amazing," said Dr. John Crawford, Director of Neuro-Oncology at Rady Children's Hospital.

Jose has this message for other children: "Think of others and not yourself that much."

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