Family and friends try to raise money for Dayton Idaho teen

Kaden Zabriskie with his mom Lola and sisters Jaime Hillman and Laci Nutt.

LOGAN — A community yard sale is being held Saturday for a Dayton, Idaho boy who is in need of both kidney and pancreas transplants.

At the age of two, Kaden Zabriskie was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. He started to go blind when he was 16. He’s undergone two surgeries and is now traveling to Logan and Salt Lake City every other day for dialysis treatments.

Zabriskie’s older sister, Jaime Hillman said this Saturday friends and family are putting on a community yard sale to help raise money for Kaden’s rising medical costs. The event begins at 8 a.m. and will be held at 651 East 400 North in Logan.

Hillman said people from all over the area have donated furniture, clothing and new appliances.

“Antique lamps, antique little knick-knacks and all sorts of things,” said Hillman. “I know there is an organ that was donated. Just tons of items: snowboards, computers, laptops. You name it and it’s been donated.”

Hillman said Kaden has a dialysis treatment Saturday afternoon and will be at the yard sale during the morning.

“He thinks it is really awesome but he is kind of a very conservative boy,” said Hillman. “It is kind of a little overwhelming to see how many people came together and care about him and stuff.”

Hilman said it’s been rough for her family but is bringing them close together. Her mom and stepdad both work graveyard shifts so that they can take Kaden to his dialysis treatments.

“It definitely, I think is making our family stronger and together,” said Hillman. “It is definitely a struggle.”

Hilman said they hope Kaden’s health will improve so that he will be considered for both kidney and pancreas transplants.

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