Leadville Boy Diagnosed with Leukemia, Needs Help
The news of cancer can strike the heart of fear for any family, but when the diagnosis involves a child, cancer takes on a completely different range of emotions and questions.
The Bertolas family of Leadville is dealing with just such devastating news. Leadville Today was contacted by a family friend of 8 year-old Kuper Bertolas’ family and asked to relay some information about his condition. Kuper is the son of Saige Thomas-Bertolas, a Sergeant in the Leadville Police Department and Alan Bertolas, an employee at the Climax Mine and they recently discovered that he has Leukemia, a form of cancer. Yesterday, November 9 Kuper underwent surgery to determine what type of cancer Kuper has and to establish the course of treatment.
Several fundraising efforts have been established to help defray the mounting medical costs involved with Kuper’s treatment. Bertolas family friend Cindy Nemeth has relayed the following information so that the Leadville community can help the Bertolas family during this difficult time. They have a long challenging road ahead of them, so please keep this special Leadville family in your prayers, as they recently also experienced the loss of their family matriarch Eileen Helen Bertolas, 84, who succumbed after a short battle with cancer on November 2. Her funeral services will be this Saturday, November 12 in Leadville.
Donations can be made in Kuper Bertolas’ name at:
- Peoples Bank of Leadville.
- First Mountain Bank of Leadville.
- Kuper Bertolas YouCaring account where online donations can be made directly: LINK.
Independence Pass To Remain Open Unil Snow Hits
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews had initially targeted last Monday, Nov. 7 for closing CO 82/Independence Pass, located south of Leadville. However, due to the mild fall weather, crews will keep the highway open until the first forecasted snow storm for the area.
“We will be monitoring for any potential snow events working with our local Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) forecaster as well as information that we get from the National Weather Service to make a decision on when the pass needs to be closed not only for the safety of our CDOT crews but also the traveling public,” said Tim Holbrook, CDOT Supervisor.
While it seems the closure is coming later than ever with all of the mild fall weather in the high country, the pass typically remains open until November 7 each year. This year will mark a new later-than-normal closure date, as there is no snow in the forecast for at least another week, maybe longer. Will it make it until Thanksgiving? There’s are the Indepoendence Pass closure dtaes for the past five years:
- 2011 – November 2
- 2012 – November 9
- 2013 – November 4
- 2014 – November 12
- 2015 – November 4
Motorists are encouraged to check for updates on the status of Independence Pass at our traveler information website, www.cotrip.org by calling 511 from anywhere in the state. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” CDOT on Facebook.