WSU, Idaho Throwers to Hold Benefit Car Wash for EWU Student-Athlete

Oct. 23, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Throwers from the Washington State University and the University of Idaho track and field teams are gathering this Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Furniture Center parking lot in Moscow for a car wash to benefit a fellow competitor from Eastern Washington University.

The discus, shot put, hammer and javelin throwers from the Cougar and Vandal men's and women's teams will be washing cars to raise money for Ty Weingard, an EWU thrower who was diagnosed with kidney failure last July and is in desperate need of a transplant. Weingard was the 2001 National Junior College Shot Put Champion and was the runner up in the men's shot put at the 2002 Big Sky Championships.

Weingard's insurance will pay for his part of the transplant but will not pay for the donor, which will more than likely be one of his three brothers. Currently, he is undergoing kidney dialysis three times a week while still training and he plans to return to school at EWU next semester. Weingard's family is trying to raise $35,000 to pay for the donor surgery.

The throwers will be scrubbing and buffing at the Furniture Center lot, 630 West Pullman Road, Moscow, Idaho, Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

'We are holding a car wash to help Ty and his family with the medical costs,' Cougar Associate Track and Field Coach Debra Farwell said. 'Anyone who needs a car wash or just wants to donate, please stop by and see us this Saturday.'

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