PINNACLE BANK IN BEATRICE CURRENTLY HAS A FUND SET UP FOR CAYDEN MCCONNELL'S FAMILY. IF YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION, YOU CAN CALL THE BANK AT (402) 228-3333.
Cayden McConnell, an 11 year old boy, is fighting for his life after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
His parents travel back and forth from Colorado so Cayden can receive his life saving treatments. His treatment will last at least a year, and involves radiation and chemotherapy.
The rising medical bills and travel expenses are putting his parents in a tough financial spot. They had to leave their jobs after his diagnosis in August to make sure he received his treatments.
A silent and live auction, in addition to a donation dinner, were held in Beatrice Sunday afternoon to help his family with their finances.
"This is Beatrice's second benefit for a small child with a brain tumor and I tell you, Beatrice has stepped up to the plate. And it's really humbling to live in a town that supports kids," said Barb Keim, the organizer of the event.
Dozens of items were donated for the auction. There were autographed Husker jerseys and memorabilia, paintings, pies and baked goods, autographed pictures, tickets to Royals games, and an autographed football sent from Tom Brady himself.
The turnout to Sunday's event was huge. Cindy Hartig, Cayden's Aunt, understands why.
"I think it gets to a lot of people when they hear this kind of news. That such a young person has to go through this," said Hartig.
By the end of the day, over $15,000 had been raised for Cayden's family.