Bulls and Their Fans Raise Over $27,000 For Montoyo Family

Montoyo Family
Charlie Montoyo & his family will have some help with hospital bills thanks to generous Bulls fans.

Durham Bulls fans have made Valentine’s Day a little better for the Montoyo family.

After five weeks of fundraising, the Durham Bulls today announced the Montoyo Fund has generated over $27,000 in donations for the family of Bulls Manager Charlie Montoyo.  Montoyo and his family have been through a significant ordeal in the last four months following the birth of their son, Alexander, on October 17th. Alexander was born with Ebstein’s Anamoly, a heart defect in which the tricuspid valve is abnormally formed. Montoyo and his family have been living in an apartment in Los Angeles for the past few months as Alexander has been treated at UCLA. Though the Montoyo’s have insurance, the bills they’ve incurred for Alexander’s treatment are staggering.

“The entire Durham Bulls family is grateful for this outpouring of generosity by the fans and the baseball community. I know Charlie and his family are very appreciative,” Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling said.

After hearing the news on Thursday, Montoyo released a statement of gratitude to the Bulls and their fans.

“The support that the community has shown to my family has been completely overwhelming. The efforts from the Bulls as well as the cards and e-mails from everyone have been comforting during this hard stretch. It is my hope to be able to return to the Bulls soon and introduce Alex to the fans. Thank you to everyone who has thought of him and our entire family since his birth.”

The Bulls will leave the Montoyo Fund open through the weekend for fans that are still interested in donating. To donate, go to www.durhambulls.com and visit the online store. For questions, contact the Bulls at (919) 687-6500.

Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & photo.

 

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