QUEEN CREEK, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -
Stacey Rogers likes to read to her son Zion, because running around the house or playing outside is not an option for him.
"If he is too active, he has a hard time breathing," said Rogers. "He just has a lot of days he doesn't feel very good."
The Queen Creek toddler has a life-threatening heart condition and is in desperate need of a heart transplant.
But this family isn't just sitting around waiting for a miracle.
They're busy making salsa. And lots of it.
Zion's family is spending a lot of time in the kitchen, chopping onions and cutting up cilantro.
It's been a nice distraction considering what the little boy is going through. But it's also a way to raise money to help pay for Zion's skyrocketing medical bills.
Zion's older brother in charge of the labels that say, "Pray for Zion."
The family has held a number of salsa fundraisers, selling the spicy stuff for $10 a pint, but many of their kind customers will often pay much more.
"He has an echo once a month, and the echo itself is a car payment," said Zion's grandmother, Kathy Rogers. "It's amazing how generous people are when they find out that Zion is needing a heart and is on the transplant list, and they can do something to help."
Zion's mom admits that making salsa has been extremely time consuming, with her son needing extra care and constant trips to Phoenix Children's Hospital.
She said the hardest part is knowing that the only way for her son to get a new heart is if something happens to another child, and that's a hard thing to wish for.
"It's hard to pray for a heart to become available," Rogers said. "We definitely know there's a plan for all of this, so our hope is that the plan is for him to have a heart."
The family is looking forward to celebrating if and when Zion gets his new heart, and you can bet they will be plenty of chips and salsa.
"People have been super generous," Rogers said.
If you are interested in buying salsa to help Zion, you can contact [email protected]
A GoFundMe account has also been set up to help with medical costs.
It's amazing how generous people are when they find out that Zion is needing a heart and is on the transplant list, and they can do something to help.
~ Kathy Rogers , Zion's grandmother
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