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World War II Veteran battles cancer

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This summer, Beartooth NBC’s Kristin Price did several stories with a World War II Veteran who took part in Montana's 1st Big Sky Honor Flight.

A few months after going through what he described as an awesome experience, Arnie is facing a more difficult time in his life, as he undergoes cancer treatment.  91 year old World War II Veteran Arnie Funk can be described in many ways.  His son, Jim Funk, says his father was recently diagnosed with low grade lymphoma.

Jim Funk says, “We're treating it.  It looks like we're putting it in remission and he's doing a whole bunch better.”

As he finishes a 3rd round of chemo therapy, Arnie is eager to get back to spending time outside and being more active.

Jim Funk says, “He gets better and better.  He's just a tough little old booger.  He's not afraid of anything.”

Beartooth NBC’s Kristin Price witnessed Arnie's big personality when she visited him several times, while doing stories on the Big Sky Honor Flight.  He showed Price his garden, where he spends hours each day.  Arnie's energy is contagious.  Each time Price met with him, she left with a smile on her face.  After talking to his 2 children, she realized he leaves this impression on many people.

Jim Funk says, “Always treat people fair, don't know anybody that could say a bad word about him.”

After learning Arnie needed a tricycle to get around and stay active, we wanted to help.  Because of his great spirit and desire to stay active, we set up a fund at Mountain West Bank to help him get a tricycle so he can get around. 


Story by Kristin Price, Beartooth NBC.
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