Caden's Christmas; To Benefit the Zane Family

For: The Zane Family
Neptune City, NJ
Organizer: Your Friends, Family & Students
of $100,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 2408 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

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Matt and Jill Zane are two loved and selfless educators in the Wall Township, New Jersey school district. After battling fertility issues for several years, Jill became pregnant with twins through IVF. Eight weeks into the pregnancy, one of the eggs split, giving Matt and Jill triplets in August, 2010.

One of their three children, Caden, is a medically complex, chronically ill disabled little boy. Every day is a serious struggle for Caden, vomiting constantly and often crying through sleepless nights. These are just a few of the many difficulties Caden endures. With very little understanding of Caden's condition, the Zane family has struggled to get him the help he needs. 

Most recently, Jill has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones and two organs. 

Jill has already done much fundraising, including the selling of "Cause Caden Can" T-Shirts. However, she keeps none of it, donating all funds to struggling families in the community. "Caden's Christmas" Fundraiser will directly and specifically benefit the Zane Family.

Between the new time and costs required for Jill's cancer treatment, as well as Caden's medical needs and expenses, the struggles of managing home and work committments, and also caring for their other children Ethan and Emily, The Zane Family needs their community more than ever.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 by Christmas to lessen the burden of their bills and to contribute to adventures and experiences that will create lifelong memories for Caden and his family. 

We also want to achieve Jill's goal of finding new doctors who believe they can help Caden beyond a brief visit. We want to make this page and our video go as far as we can, reaching a wide audience of people who may take interest in helping Caden beyond donations.

To learn more about Caden, follow Jill's blog:

Since birth Caden has been diagnosed with the following:

Grade 3 Intraventricular Hemorrhage

Periventricular Leukomalacia


Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia


Intestinal Motility Disorder

Chronic vomiting



Seizure Disorder

Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy

Platelet Dysfunction Disorder

Capillary Fragility

Ehlers-Danlos Hypermobility

Atlantoaxial Instability

Elevated IgE levels

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

Cortical Visual Impairment


Congenital Vertical Talus


High Blood Pressure


Heart Murmur

Language disorder

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 29, 2014

Posted on November 29, 2014

After just a couple weeks, the Jersey Shore has really come together for the Zane family, and I'm not just talking about the $140,000 we've raised so far. I've gotten messages from college students, business owners, teachers from other schools and even young kids - All with their own ideas to help the Zanes. I have heard about 20 fundraisers, from holiday photo sessions to laser tag games. 

Today, the Wall Township PBA posted photos from their Zane House Cleanup, where they left the home decorated in Christmas lights and wreathes. See photos here:

I recently heard that a fundraiser at 507 Main in Belmar raised nearly $20,000.

Not to mention, The Coast Star and The Asbury Park Press have both written great stories about the Zanes and our fundraising efforts.

I'm excited to see what more we do for the Zanes in the time leading up to our December 27th fundraiser, and up through the Zane's victories with their endeavors.

Lets not forget that the Zane family isn't the only family in Jersey Shore dealing with difficult circumstances. You don't need a video or fundraising page to reach out to the friends, family and collegues you know of who could use a helping hand.

Here's to a great holiday season for all of us

Posted on November 14, 2014

Posted on November 14, 2014

We're in the final stretch of our Fundraising campaign! Only $15,000 away from our goal just THREE DAYS after launching!!! Thank you to all who have shared, donated, offered time & services and more! 

Please follow Caden's facebook, managed by his mother Jill-

Posted on November 12, 2014

Posted on November 12, 2014

Holy cow. In the first day of fundraising, we've seen this page travel up and down the Jersey Shore, bringing in an astonishing $25,000 in a mere eight hours. 

We do not want to lose steam. Please continue sharing with friends, tweeting to public figures, emailing collegues who have "connections" and above all, reaching out to find ways that YOU can do more to help the Zane family!

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