Ashley Dickinson was planning a fundraiser to help her family cover costs associated with her son Aiden’s upcoming kidney transplant.
But Aiden’s need for the transplant requires Dickinson to travel frequently to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., so the organization Boone County Community Chest has stepped in to help with planning and spreading the word about the fundraiser this weekend.
The event, to benefit the Zionsville family, being billed as the Aiden is Getting a Kidney fundraiser, will be at the Zionsville American Legion Post 79, at 9950 E. 600 S., Zionsville.
The event will have a super hero theme “because Aiden is a super hero,” Community Chest Executive Director Todd Spenneberg explained. The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, and will include cotton candy and ice cream, a raffle and a silent auction that will include gift cards or items from Cork & Barrell, Angles Attic, Books & Brews, S&S Pet Sitting, Glass by Nan, Hair by Kala, McCalister’s and more.
During the event a spaghetti dinner will be served. The meal will be $10 and will include spaghetti, garlic bread and salad.
According to information from his Go Fund Me page, Aiden, who is 9, will soon undergo a kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic. He was born with a tethered spinal cord and has other health issues and has already had several surgeries.
“Aiden has been seen by many specialists there for several issues and will continue (to need) care as we go thru this transplant process,” according to his page.
Aiden is one of five children, and one of his siblings is a cancer survivor after a bone marrow transplant.
When the family goes to Mayo Clinic for Aiden’s needs, they must travel 1,000 miles in the car. In addition to gas, the family is faced with expenses including food and staying at a hotel.
“We are going to get to a point very soon that Aiden will need to be seen at least once a week and sometimes twice,” according to information on the Go Fund Me page. “Then we will be in transplant inpatient and also (have) very frequent appointments right after that too.”
Spenneberg said his organization was happy to step in to help with the planning for the upcoming fundraiser.
“We just want to do what we can to help make it better,” he said.
For more information, visit Aiden’s Go Fund Me page at https://de.gofundme.com/f/1ovdqhwfg0, follow #teamAiden on Twitter, or visit the Aiden is Getting a New Kidney page on Facebook.