A Hamilton mountain family is appealing to the provincial government for funding as their teenage son undergoes treatment in Mexico for a rare form of brain cancer.
Justin Masotti was diagnosed last January with Gliomatosis Cerebri.
The 17 year old’s father, Mike, notes that they are spending 13 thousand dollars a week at a clinic in Tijuana, where he adds that Justin has been making “hopeful” progress.
Since starting treatment in Mexico early last month, Mike adds that Justin is more alert, his voice is clear, he has regained more than 25 pounds and he has stopped having seizures.
Justin’s father adds, however, that because the treatment is deemed experimental the cost is not covered by O-HIP. He’s urging the provincial government to reconsider on moral grounds, noting that they had exhausted all of their treatment options in Ontario.
He also predicts that the family’s costs will have reached 150 thousand dollars by the end of the month. They have been receiving support through a GoFundMe campaign which has raised over 33 thousand dollars to date.
A fundraiser is also planned for November. 26th, at St. Gregory the Great Church on Centennial Parkway.