Help arrives for a Montana family in Seattle for chemo

SEATTLE — Help is pouring in for a Montana family who had their truck and many belongings stolen while in Seattle for their son's chemotherapy treatments.

Karen and Jeremy Hartle of Kalispell, Mont., say they've been overwhelmed by the offers they've received since the pickup was taken Tuesday outside the Ronald McDonald House in north Seattle.

The donations included everything from offers of cash and a rental car to a new car seat. The Hartles say they're grateful — but they're sheepish about receiving the help. The truck is covered by insurance, and they say there are other families staying at the Ronald McDonald House who need assistance more than they do.

Jeremy Hartles wrote on his blog Friday night to ask that people direct their donations instead to places such as Seattle Children's Hospital that work to fight cancer.

"We shouldn't be the only family focused on," he wrote. "It would be so much better for us all if this fervor were directed at killing this horrendous disease."

The Seattle Times reports that their 3-year-old, John, underwent another round of chemotherapy Friday. Karen Hartle said he has stage 4 neuroblastoma, a cancer that strikes young children, and that doctors at Seattle Children's gave him a 50 to 70 percent chance of surviving.

Among those who offered help were Mel and Traia Wensel, who said they can't replace the truck or write a big check, but they could offer the family an afternoon away: They have passes to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma.

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