QUINCY, IL (WGEM) -- The Payson community is coming together to support one of it's youngest members.
One-year-old Easton Zanger suffered a seizure in April that lasted for 24 straight hours, and after numerous tests at the St. Louis Children's Hospital, doctors are still unsure what's wrong with the little boy.
On Saturday, supporters held a special benefit featuring a 24-hour walk-a-thon to help the family pay for medical expenses.
"Easton didn't get a break, so we figured we didn't need a break. So we're going to try and keep the chain going for 24 hours," said Shaun Carey, Co-Organizer of the event.
Before the sun even rose Saturday morning, supporters were already walking along this track at the Payson Seymour High School.
"The reason we started at 3:30 a.m. is that's when Easton started seizing and he seized for 24-hours," Carey said.
The morning may have started with just a few people, but as the day picked up, so did Easton's supporters.
"We had a lot of people turnout this morning that weren't even signed up yet so what was great and unexpected for being this early," Carey said.
The 24-hour walk-a-thon is designed to show people just how long Easton and his family suffered through his seizure. But once word about the benefit got out, volunteers realized the walk just wasn't enough to show how much people care about the little boy.
"The St. Francis Community, from the extended Payson community, from the Quincy community, from families that know my family, oh yea we want to help, what can we do," said Jeff Zanger, Easton's father.
The benefit grew to include a garage sale, bake sale, raffle and a number of daytime activities. And all the proceeds are going to help the Zanger family, who already have more than 200-thousand dollars in medical bills.
"It's been so overwhelming that we haven't really had to spend much of our own money. It's been gifts and it's been very blessed so far," Zanger said.
A small silver lining in a tragic situation, and one that will have this community thinking about little Easton for months to come.
Family members say Easton hasn't has had more seizures since April, with the last one about four weeks ago. Family members will have to continue to make multiple trips to St. Louis for testing and treatment until the problem can be found.
For more details, check out their Facebook page by searching "Easton Superman Zanger."
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