WSU, Idaho Throwers Raise Money for EWU Student-Athlete

Oct. 29, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Throwers from the Washington State University and the University of Idaho track and field teams raised $1300 for Eastern Washington University thrower Ty Weingard by washing cars last Saturday, Oct. 26, in Moscow.

The discus, shot put, hammer and javelin throwers from the Cougar and Vandal men's and women's teams washed cars from a very chilly 9 a.m. until long past the scheduled quitting time of 3 p.m. The $1300 will be given to 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 turnout was great and we are very grateful to all who donated money,' Cougar Associate Track and Field Coach Debra Farwell said. 'We all want to see Ty have the opportunity to be healthy and back competing as soon as possible.'

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