Student Bamford succumbs to ailments

A funeral will take place Saturday for a Grand Junction High School student who battled a legion of illnesses for 15 months.

Michael Elliott Bamford died Dec. 11 at Children’s Hospital in Aurora, where he was being treated for cystic fibrosis and a rare strain of leukemia, as well as a host of other conditions and illnesses that took hold during the course of his treatment.

Bamford was 17.

He was awarded a letter jacket as a member of the Grand Junction High School golf team.

“That meant so much to him,” said his father, Rick.

The golf team sponsored a benefit dinner for him last year at the school cafeteria.

“When we walked in there, it was overwhelming,” Rick Bamford said. “It was stunning, actually. I wish I could say thank you to everybody who supported Mike and us for the last 15 months.”

Grand Junction High School students, Principal Jon Bilbo and City Market employees all helped and visited while Bamford was in Children’s Hospital, his father said.

In addition to his father, Bamford is survived by his mother, Kelly, and sister, Natalie.

A service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fellowship Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mike Bamford Memorial Scholarship Fund at Sooper Credit Union, 2440 F Road, Grand Junction 81505.


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