Archive for May, 2010

Benefit Yard Sale

Posted: May 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

For those who don’t know, my brother-in-law, Zach, was diagnosed with end stage Renal Disease (kidney failure) about seven or eight months ago.  We are putting together a benefit yard sale and are taking donations of all kinds for the sale.  If it is a special item, we are also doing a raffle.  Please read the letter below from my mother-in-law:

Kidney for Zach Benefit Yard Sale

A benefit yard sale will be held for a 22 year old named Zachary Cogswell. On Friday June 4 & Sat. June 5 from 9 am- 5 pm both days. The money raised will go towards expenses for a kidney transplant he will receive in Utah.

Zachary was diagnosed with End Stage Renal (kidney) Disease October 8, 2009. He has been fighting the battle ever since. He has had a biopsy, hemodialysis ports put in and taken out, now has a Peritoneal Port coming out of his stomach so he can receive dialysis throughout the night at home. He hooks up to a cycler for 8 hours so he can remove all the toxins in his body so he can survive. Without the dialysis Zachary would not be here. But he would like a better life or just his life back. He is not able to do a lot of things because of the port in his belly. With a kidney transplant and the help of immune- suppressing drugs he will take for the rest of his life, he will be able to get back to having fun.

So as you can see this family does need your help. If you can’t attend the yard sale and still would like to help a bank account has been set up at Bank of the Cascades under

James & Cindy Cogswell

c/o Kidney for Zach. You can donate at any Bank of the Cascades Branch.

The family would also like to say, whatever items are left over from their sale will be donated to community charities. They are going to Pay It Forward.

We are all looking to help in any way possible.  We are taking the item donations to sell at the yard sale, so if you have a garage or storage room full of yard sale items that you just don’t need or want anymore, please bring them by.  You can email me at for more information or for where to drop your items off, or simply leave a comment below and I will contact you.

We are also taking donations for “Bic it for Zach” where Zach will get to shave his dad’s head all the way to the skin if donations reach $100 or more.  For more information, please contact me.

Lastly, Zach’s parents have set up a bank account at Bank of the Cascades and you can donate any amount and any branch in your area.

I hope everyone has a great LONG weekend!