North Idaho

Auction to help late veteran's family

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Auction to help late veteran's family

The sudden death of a beloved husband, father and son now has one North Idaho family facing mounting medical bills and insurmountable heartache.

In August, 35-year-old Greg Sutich started feeling sick. At first he thought he had the flu, but as symptoms persisted it became clear that something else was going on.

"Never in your wildest dreams do you expect leukemia," said Jill Monroe, Greg's mom.

Tests revealed Greg had acute lymphocytic leukemia, Philadelphia chromosome positive.

"They were very aggressive with their treatment, they didn't wait," she added.

Monroe said her son, a former Army 82nd Airborne Ranger, was ready to fight cancer.

"He was sure he could do it. He was just ready to do it," she said.

But, just 11 days into his treatment Greg died in the hospital.

"We really thought he would be okay," said Monroe.

Because Greg had a heart condition, he was unable to get health insurance and was not covered during his treatment. Now, his family is facing medical bills and the daily expense of raising four kids.

"What's hard is that he had children so those are the little ones that don't understand," said Monroe.

Monroe said the support of the community has been very much appreciated. Greg graduated from Lake City High School, loved snowboarding, his family and spending time volunteering for the Hayden Little League.

To help Greg's wife and four children, a fundraiser and auction is planned for Saturday, November 2nd at the Post Falls Post 143 American Legion from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can also make a donation at any Wells Fargo under the Benefit of Greg Sutich Cancer Fund.

For more information on the benefit auction click here.