Businesses hold 'Geaux Sid' benefit on Thursday to support teen - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Businesses hold 'Geaux Sid' benefit on Thursday to support teen with rare cancer

Sid Ortis. (Source: WBRC video) Sid Ortis. (Source: WBRC video)
Many businesses are also sporting purple and gold ribbons for Ortis. (Source: WBRC video) Many businesses are also sporting purple and gold ribbons for Ortis. (Source: WBRC video)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Fifteen-year-old Sid Ortis smiles and tries to stay positive, even though he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last year.

The Mountain Brook junior high student hasn't been able to attend school, because he spends a great deal of time getting treated at Children's of Alabama.

The Crestline community has wrapped their arms around Sid and his four siblings and parents. When he returned home from the hospital the first time, Crestline residents decided to decorate blocks and blocks with LSU colors purple and gold because Sid and his family are huge fans.

On Thursday, April 23, Crestline's business community is demonstrating their love for Sid.

Almost every business is offering discounts to their merchandise or food, with proceeds going directly to Pediatric Cancer Research at Children's of Alabama. Ortis is frustrated that so few dollars raised for cancer research goes to pediatric research but hopes Thursday will make a difference.

"We're just so appreciative of the businesses giving local proceeds to our local hospital," Sid's father, David Ortis, said.

To learn more about the Geaux Sid Crestline Family Night event, visit https://www.welcometomountainbrook.com/event.php?cn=362

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