IF YOU GO

What: Benefit concert for Justin Solomon and the Brotherhood of Love

When: Wednesday, July 3, 3 p.m. until the fireworks display is over

Where: Football field at Heights Middle School, 3700 College Blvd, Farmington

Cost: Donations accepted at the door

FARMINGTON — Seven months ago, John Ortiz was given a month to live after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. With the good fortune to still be alive, Ortiz is hosting a benefit concert on July 3 to help another person fighting cancer.

Oritz says he is paying it forward.

"When you have Stage 4 cancer and you have a month to live, it's not funny anymore," Ortiz said. "I put a boot in its ass and got it beat."

Ortiz organized a concert with four musical acts that will take the stage Wednesday at Heights Middle School to raise money for the Brotherhood of Love and Justin Solomon, who is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

"What happened to me is nothing to what that boy is going through," Ortiz said. "I consider myself real fortunate and this is my payment for good fortune."

Ortiz described his health as being about 90 percent, having the cancer under control but still lingering in his system.

Reverend Catfish, the Simon Balkey Band, Royal Flush and Mary Miranda will be performing into the evening, leading up to the fireworks display over the city of Farmington. Miranda competed on the NBC reality television singing competition "The Voice" earlier this year.

Vendors will be on hand to sell food along with arts and crafts during the concert.

When Justin Solomon's mother Jennifer Solomon heard of Ortiz's desire to help out by donating a portion of the money raised, she was overwhelmed by his generosity.

John Ortiz will be holding a benefit concert for Justin Solomon and Brotherhood of Love at Heights Middle School’s football field on Wednesday, July
John Ortiz will be holding a benefit concert for Justin Solomon and Brotherhood of Love at Heights Middle School's football field on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (Jon Austria The Daily Times)

"It was like an answer to a prayer," Jennifer said. "He's in remission from the cancer and went into kidney failure in January and has been on dialysis since."

After a slew of complications, it was decided Justin would need a kidney transplant. He has been undergoing medical evaluations to see if he is transplant ready. With his past illnesses, the procedure is all that more difficult.

"They want to go forward and get him to a place where we can make that transplant," Jennifer said.

Jennifer said Justin is going to try and attend the concert while trying to avoid the heat, which has a negative effect on his condition.

"Justin definitely wants to be there," Jennifer said. "We are just eternally grateful for everyone."

Ortiz described the Brotherhood of Love as a private group of individuals who help out those less fortunate with money or goods to help them during hard times.

"They were there for me when I was down and out," Ortiz said. "When I was bed ridden, they stepped up and helped me out a bunch."

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.