Monty’s Life-Saving DerpFace Fund

$1,950 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 39 people in 22 months
Ryan Neff
on behalf of Jenna Riedi
 FORT COLLINS, CO
Hello everyone, my name is Ryan and this ridiculously photogenic young man’s name is Monty. Monty has been my girlfriend Jenna’s main squeeze for over 10 years (that’s including our time together… It’s okay, I know I’m second to this guy) and counting. For many of you I don’t need to tell you how amazing Monty is, but for those of you who need some background, this fella is one special guy. I have known him for a bit more than a year, and I have grown so fond of having him around.  He’s a best friend, a shoulder to cry on, and his happiness is contagious.  He is actually quite famous in the three states he’s lived in:  Any time he is out with Jenna, she is utterly invisible behind his sheer personality and glee; everyone sees Monty first.



Monty was recently diagnosed with Acanthomatous Ameloblastoma, which is a nearly unpronounceable name for “aggressive mouth cancer”.  It’s a fast spreading cancer but luckily does not metastasize.  He recently had an appointment with the world-class doctors at the CSU oncology department, and after a CT scan they are extremely confident that with a surgery removing part of his jaw, he can live a complete life in total remission with little to no quality of life issues, although he will have a derp just like his sister, Calliope.

The surgery to remove the affected area will run about $2,500 in total, and Jenna has already spent almost $2,500 for Monty’s first surgery, biopsy, CT scan, and vet visits.  I am trying to help in any way that I can.  Jenna has dedicated her life to work in the non-profit world benefitting animals and kids in need.  Regrettably the NPO world does not pay particularly well, thus making this life-saving procedure difficult to fund on her salary alone.  This is simply not doable without your help. It is very much out of character for either Jenna or myself to ask for help in this way, but if you do choose to give and help Monty out, please consider it an investment in the lives that Monty is bound to enlighten with his presence.  He truly is a goof, and he deserves the opportunity to bring that goofiness to everyone he can.  And I’m sure we can all look forward to many Monty derp face photos for years to come!


On behalf of Mr. Montague, his family, and everyone who loves him, please consider helping out in any way that you can.  Thank you so much.

All the best,

Ryan Neff

P.S. Get updates on Monty's progress on Jennas blog: Monty Updates
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Update 3
Posted by Ryan Neff
21 months ago
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On March 30, Jenna got the call from the Colorado State University Veterinary Hospital oncology team that my Mr Montague the Moose is officially cancer free. YAY!!! It is such a relief to learn that everything Monty has gone through the last two months has led to him back on track to enjoy his life as he is meant to!

Now, Jenna and Monty are focused on healing up from surgery (despite the fun set back of three visits to the ER the weekend after Monty’s surgery. He kicked two of his stitches out in his sleep that Saturday night, which kicked off *pun intended* a weekend full of trying to fix the stitches.) and snuggling ALL THE TIME. And, once he’s healed up, there are going to be so many awesome adventures, too, to celebrate. Lots of hiking and swimming adventures are in Monty's future this spring and summer, and maybe a road trip or two as well!

Thank you for all your love and support as Monty and Jenna went through this battle.  You have helped ease the stress of finances off Jenna's mind, so she could focus on getting Monty better and making the best decisions for his recovery.  If there is anyone else you could share this page with, I would greatly appreciate it - we are so close to our goal of helping Jenna and Monty with their expensive veterinary bills.

Thank you for all your support and all the best!!!!
Adventure Dog!
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Update 2
Posted by Ryan Neff
22 months ago
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Monty Surgery Update!

Monty's surgery on Thursday went without complication, and he came home Friday a little after noon and things were going well. 

However, on Saturday night we had a misstep in the healing process when Monty decided to kick himself in the face... This led him to three separate visits to the CSU ER over the weekend to repair his stitches and stop the bleeding.  It was quite the exhausting and stressful weekend for everyone!

Now Monty is quite alert, although still a little droopy/drugged up (he’s got some pretty sweet pain medications to give him comfort!).  He gets three medications four times a day at different intervals.  He also currently needs to be hand-fed his meals, as he is still figuring out how to manage his new mouth.  But Monty has a great appetite!

In 10-14 days, Monty will go back to the vet to have a check up appointment and make sure everything is healing correctly.  And in 7-10 days we will hear back from the lab as to whether or not the tumor was completely removed.  If the lab results come back that the tumor is fully gone, Monty is cured of cancer. (!!!)


I will make sure to do an update once we hear back from the lab and know our status in this cancer battle.  Thank you to everyone who has been so amazing and supportive during this process.  Monty is forever in your debt!
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Update 1
Posted by Ryan Neff
22 months ago
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A quick Monty update for his wonderful supporters! His Surgery is scheduled for this coming Thursday 3/16, and he will have to stay overnight at CSU for observation. His recovery time will be quite long, so Jenna has been 'spoiling' him with some doggie activities that he won't get to do for a while; he even got to go swimming in the indoor doggie pool! Thank you for all the support and help we have received - we are well on the way to making sure Monty gets to live out his life in happiness!! Keep on sharing and being awesome!
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$1,950 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 39 people in 22 months
Created March 9, 2017
Ryan Neff
on behalf of Jenna Riedi
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Stefanie Blackmon
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Go Monty! You got this! XOXO

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Jamie Anderson
22 months ago
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Saw this on the geeks page. My sweet pup passed away very suddenly in December from cancer (I first noticed she was sick the day after the election, so I like to say Donald Trump killed my dog). I hope your best friend gets better.

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QMMF!!

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