Local organizations, businesses and community members met their fundraising goal of raising money to help pay for medical travel expenses for two-year-old Cash Huston.

All day on Friday at the Knights of Columbus, a steady flow of people came out to buy Frito Pies and baked goods and participate in a silent auction, said Bonnie Christensen, DAV commander.

“It was excellent. We ended up making $3,500 and went through eight and a half gallons of red chile,” Christensen said, “I was all teary-eyed. I couldn’t believe it. We did really well, and honestly, the community really showed up.”

Dylan Romero shows off his Frito Pie.

Cash was born with polycystic kidney disease at birth and has had both kidneys removed. He is dependent on a trach ventilator, dialysis and uses a g-tube. The money raised will go to the travel expenses for his upcoming appointment in California, for an evaluation from a specialist to see if he needs a liver and kidney transplant.

According to Cash’s family, despite all the challenges he has been through he is a happy and active baby and they are grateful for the support.

Donations came from John Brooks, The Learning Path, Desert Diamonds, the DAV, Knight of Columbus, and several individuals, including paintings donated by Ramona Montoya and baked goods made by Sissy Onley.