In November of 2011 Collen went to his dentist for treatment of an abscessed tooth. One CAT scan and hours of worry later, this bright little boy was diagnosed with mandibular ameloblastic carcinoma, a rare, extremely malignant tumor of the jaw.
Going to Michigan
Doctors referred Collen and his family to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Michigan. Over the course of a twelve hour operation Drs. Helman and Edward removed the tumor, along with a large portion of Collen’s jaw.
Throughout this Whole Ordeal, Collen Has Only Had Two Requests
That both his parents be with him throughout the course of his treatment, and that he have a home to come back to where he can be with his animals. Both of his parents took medical leave to be with him, leaving Dad between contracts and the family without any income. During their stay in Michigan, sewer problems made the Mertz home an unsafe place for Collen to recover.
The family is currently staying with friends.
On June 3rd, 2012, from noon to 8 pm, family and friends will be hosting a benefit for Collen at the VFW in Bath, NY. The fundraiser will feature:
Pulled Pork Lunch
Adults ~ $10 donation
Under 13 ~ $6 donation
Meal includes: Pulled Pork Sandwich, two sides, dessert & drink
Pre-Sale tickets are available (we'll reserve a meal for pre-sale ticket holders until 4p.)
Entrance (no meal):
Adults ~ $5 donation
Kids 3-12 ~ $2 donation
Under 3 ~ free
Entertainment Will Include Live Music from Take N Chances, High Country and Spare Tyme, as well as:
• Prestige Worldwide Entertainment’
• Chinese Auction, featuring a flat panel TV from Rent-A-Center and many other generous donations from local businesses & residents!
• Cake Wheel
• Bounce house and face painting for children of all ages
• The artistic stylings of Mr. Scribbles
• A photo booth, and
• Tony Howard's Mud Truck
For more information, email collenmertzbenefit@