Dollars for Aiden benefit raising money for eight-year-old with cancer

Dollars for Aiden raises money for an Ottumwa eight-year-old diagnosed with cancer.

An Ottumwa family said it's incredible to see how a community has come together in their time of need.

Horace Mann student Aiden Baumgartner was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in May and has undergone surgery and chemotherapy throughout the summer. Pastor Ron Barnett of Saint Paul Lutheran Church organized a Dollars for Aiden benefit to help raise money for his family's medical costs.

The benefit includes a pork dinner, music from the Bluegrass Blondies and a silent auction with over 80 items donated from the community. Aiden and his grandparents said they're thankful for the support.

"I think it's great," Aiden said. "My pastor set it up for me."

"And all the prayers," added his grandfather, Tom Baumgartner.

"All the prayers really helped," said Jo Baumgartner, Aiden's grandmother.

Aiden told us he's missed playing baseball the most this summer and he's also an Iowa Hawkeyes and Green Bay Packers fan.

Pastor Barnett told KTVO earlier this week he would like to raise $3,000 to give to Aiden's family.

Dollars for Aiden runs until 7:30 Friday, but if you miss the event, you can still donate. Send any contributions to Saint Paul Lutheran Church at 1524 North Court Street, Ottumwa, 52501 and be sure to indicate that it is a donation for Dollars for Aiden. If you have any questions, contact the church at 641-684-4214.