The boy's family tells Action News Luke will still have a long road of recovery ahead of him, including months of intensive physical therapy.
To help ease the expense of all that, the community is pulling together in a big way. Nearly 100 local businesses have given to the Luke Durst Benefit Auction this weekend at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick. Offerings include everything from trips to Maui or Pebble Beach, to hand-made jewelry and quilts, to Gold's Gym memberships and spa sessions.
Papa John's on Kennewick Avenue is providing pizza for up to 700 people at a discounted price. And Apricot Lane in the Columbia Center Mall is donating 10% of all sales on Saturday from the Kennewick and Spokane locations to Durst's family.
Store owner Teri Lybbert says, "We hope we just get slammed! We want lots of guests that they're shopping for cute spring stuff and helping the Durst family at the same time."
The hope is to raise as much money as possible to help with Luke's mounting medical bills. The boy's family says every little bit will make a big difference.
"The community has reached out to help a family, a family they don't even know, has just been overwhelmingly fantastic," says Luke's aunt Megan Lee. "Just to know that my sister's family will be taken care of, and that this won't be a struggle, on top of the struggles they've already had with Luke."
The auction is Saturday, March 24 at Kamiakin High School from 5-to-8pm. Admission for the pizza feed is $5. All proceeds from the dinner and auction will go straight to Luke Durst's medical bills.