12-year-old cancer patient Jose Montaño raises money for other sick children

Hundreds attend 5K walk/run at Liberty Station

SAN DIEGO - A 12-year-old boy who is fighting for his life took time to raise money for other sick children through a 5K walk/run on Sunday.

Wearing a mask and gloves, Jose Montaño walked alongside his family members. He organized a 5K fundraiser raising money for sick children at Rady Children's Hospital.

Montaño said he "wants to make a change."

He was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer more than two years ago. But instead of just thinking about himself, his heart is focused on helping other sick children.

"I want people to think about other people and not themselves," said Montaño.

So, he started a foundation that buys goodie bags for children stuck in the hospital.10News cameras were there three weeks ago as he passed toys and snacks to patients and their parents.

It is a way of life Montaño knows all too well, having had to spend a lot of time in the hospital for his chemotherapy treatment.

To continue his mission, Montaño needed to raise money and that is where Sunday's run comes in. Three hundred people registered to support the cause.

"It really makes me feel warm in my heart," said Montaño.

Among those walking is Nathalie Lefloch and her daughter. She said she is happy to help such a little kid with a big heart.

"Just having the strength knowing when the chips are down, you just keep putting one foot in front of the other," said Lefloch.

To top it off, Montaño had a surprise in store for all of his supporters: a run to the finish line into the arms of his hero, his father.

The Montaños want to make the 5K an annual event.

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