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Former UMW education student featured on Today

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Mike Cutler, a former University of Montana Western education student, was recently featured on the Today show's "American Story" series. UMW NEWS BUREAU

Mike Cutler, a former University of Montana Western education student, was recently featured on the Today show's "American Story" series.

Cutler is the superintendent at the Philipsburg Elementary School in Philipsburg, Mont. The segment focuses on the tight-knit community's efforts to raise money to cover Cutler's medical costs. Cutler was diagnosed with cancer and leukemia in May 2003 The community raised $40,000 for Cutler's stem cell transplant, which saved his life. Soon after Cutler beat cancer, however, his daughter Sydney was  diagnosed with brain cancer. Once again, the citizens of Philipsburg raised $100,000 for Sydney, who is now also cancer free. The segment originally aired on Dec. 12, 2011.