IDAHO FALLS — Community members come together to organize a fundraiser for a family whose four-year-old son is battling cancer.

Seth Sautter was diagnosed with leukemia in early January 2022 at the age of three. The family currently travels once a week to Salt Lake City for treatments.

Shadie Bigelow, a community member who runs a Book Worms Book Club, was approached by club members who asked her if she knew what the Sautter family was going through. Bigelow said other children in the community also contacted her to see if she was aware of their situation.

“I thought all these kids wanted to help, but they just didn’t know how. It was amazing,” Bigelow told EastIdahoNews.com. “I’ve never organized a fundraiser, but here we are.”

Bigelow, with the help of Discovery Elementary PTO, American Minor League NInJA, Grit League, Flip & Twist, and other sponsors, is hosting an obstacle course and nacho dinner. The event will take place on April 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bonneville High School. Single admission is $10 and a family pass is $40.

“Our audience is for children and young people because it was the children who came to me and said, ‘What are we going to do? ‘” Bigelow said. “There are two obstacle courses – one for teenagers and young people and one for children.”

Bigelow said there will be face paints and an online charity auction. The event will also feature guest speaker Lance Pekus, a native of Idaho and known as Cowboy Ninja from the American Ninja Warrior TV show.

The owners of Motel 6, who oversee locations in Rexburg, Rigby and Idaho Falls, are sponsoring the t-shirts for the event. The first 100 children to arrive will receive a jersey.

“The theme of (fundraising) is overcoming obstacles as we all have obstacles in our lives,” Bigelow explained. “That night we will overcome our obstacles, and we will remember Seth and his obstacle and his family. We will support them through their obstacle.

The Jump family. | Courtesy of Nicole Klinger and Chantri Keele

Bigelow said the Sautter family was “in for the long haul.” She invites the community to attend the event in support of the family.

“We want to show the Sautter family that we see them and we love them,” Bigelow said. “It’s community, love and spreading hope and we’re all in it together.”

You can pre-register for the event through Venmo @discovery-dragons1920 (include all attendee names in the Venmo comment) or bring the exact cash on the day. All funds will go to the Sautter family to help with travel and medical expenses.

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Seth Sautter in the hospital. | Courtesy of the Sautter family
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The fundraising flyer to support Seth Sautter and his family. | Courtesy of Shadie Bigelow