Oct. 16, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. - A sunny and warm fall day was a big boost as the Washington State University Track and Field throwers held their Sixth Annual Car Wash October 14, and raised $901.75 which was donated to defer the on-going medical expenses of five-year-old Bailey Chalmers from Princeton, Idaho.
Chalmers was diagnosed with merosin-positive congenital muscular dystrophy, which causes muscle weakness, just before his second birthday. This past summer he suffered an E.coli bacterial infection and was hospitalized for a week at Pullman Regional Hospital and then transferred to Sacred Heart Children's Hospital in Spokane via life-flight for another three weeks. A kindergartener at Potlatch Elementary School, Bailey has regular check-ups to monitor his kidneys and has extensive physical therapy.
Bailey has a one-year-old sister named Skyler and a lot of family in the Palouse region. Mother Jill Chalmers Cochrane grew up in Albion and graduated from Pullman High. Step-father Andy Cochrane is from Potlatch and works for the Pearson Fence in Colfax.
In the past six years the Cougar throwers have washed cars and raised over $7,000 to donate to local community members in need. Previous car washes have raised money for cancer patients, a transplant recipient and the Community Action Center.
"The Cougar throwers are grateful for the support of community members for their participation through donations," Cougar Associate Track & Field Coach Debra Farwell said. "The continued support of the Pullman Bank of America and the Pullman Chevron Gas Station, with their donations of the parking lot and water for the car wash, make it possible for these WSU student-athletes to give back to an area community member. We are grateful to everyone who participated this year."