Josia Cotto, 6, NY Boy With Brain Cancer, Needs Funds To Pay For Lifesaving Treatment

03/11/2012 11:33 am ET

Six-year-old Josia Cotto is fighting for his life, and his community is joining in to help him get a potentially lifesaving treatment.

Josia suffers from a rare, inoperable brain tumor, and doctors say undergoing an experimental treatment -- that costs $100,000 -- is his only chance for survival, CBS reports.

His family can't afford the expensive procedure, so his Brooklyn community, including Josia's young classmates at Community Partnership Charter School, have been raising funds and already collected $25,000.

"He has to get treatments," Maysa Barclay, Josia's classmate, told CBS.

Josia's family remains hopeful.

"We're talking about a lot of money," Meliza Torres, Josia's grandmother, said while wiping back tears. "But I know we're gonna make it. Before July we are gonna. Before July my grandson has to go [get help], we can't wait."

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