Sept. 23, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University Track and Field throwers will hold their Ninth Annual Car Wash Sunday, Oct. 3, in downtown Pullman, with the money raised going to support two local families, the Greens and the Hodges, facing medical adversities that are financially devastating.
Galene Green, age 39, is battling a rare and incurable form of Multiple Sclerosis called Tumefactive MS which produces symptoms similar to a severe stroke, including some paralysis. Galene is only able to slow the progression of the disease through the use of very expensive medicine. Galene Green and his wife Teresa have two children, 12-year old son Tre, and 7-year old daughter Taysia.
Nicole Hodge, age 40, has a rare heart condition that claimed the lives of her parents at a young age. She had open heart surgery last January and is unable to resume working as an emergency room technician at Tri-State Hospital in Clarkston. Nicole's husband, Bobby, is a cook for Dining Services with stints at the Northside and Southside Cafés. The Hodges and their two children, 7-year old daughter Rashelle, and 5-year old son Jacob, live in campus housing.
"Year after year, people from Pullman and the surrounding communities have provided great support for the Cougar throwers' car wash," WSU Associate Coach Debra Farwell said. "These two families are inundated with medical bills, struggling to make ends meet and provide for their young children. We look forward to assisting them financially through the donations at the car wash."
In the past eight years, the Cougar throwers have washed cars and raised over $10,000 to donate to local community members in need. Previous car washes have raised money for paralyzed WSU football player Cory Mackay, Breast Cancer Support Group of the Palouse, individual cancer patients, a transplant recipient and the Pullman Community Action Center.
The Washington State javelin, discus, shot put and hammer throwers, with special guest from the Cougar baseball team, will put their muscles to work from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Bank of America parking lot, 425 East Main Street, Pullman. The Pullman Chevron Gas Station is donating the water used for the car wash.
Those unable to stop by the car wash can donate by contacting Debra Farwell at 509-335-0260 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks should be made out to WSU Athletics and can be mailed to Debra Farwell, PO Box 641602, Pullman WA 99164-1602. All donations will be divided equally between the Green and Hodge families.