Janesville girl's rummage sale raises $1,005 for cousin with Lou Gehrig's disease

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Angel Idowu
Monday, July 28, 2014

JANESVILLE--For years, 6-year-old Carly Coomer of Janesville begged her mom to have a rummage sale.

Her mother agreed when Carly suggested they donate the proceeds to a cousin with Lou Gehrig's disease.

“Carly has been asking to have a rummage sale since she was 3,” her mother, Darci Feggestad-Coomer said. “So when she asked to have one to raise money for our cousin Trickett, I had to say yes.”

A Milton native, Trickett Wendler, 40, lives in Milwaukee. She was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease more than a year ago. She has a family history of the disease and uses a wheelchair. 

Carly gathered items to sell, made signs, organized her lemonade stand and recruited friends to help.

All items were priced at one dollar, and the rummage sale raised $1,005.

“We received such great support and generosity,” Feggestad-Coomer said. “A lot of friends came by to support us. People were so generous, giving her big tips at her lemonade stand. Her friends were all so helpful, assisting with anything she needed. At the very last hour, a man came and donated $100. Carly was thrilled.”

”When I found out I raised $1,000, I was so happy,” Carly said. “I am really happy I was able to help my cousin Trickett.”

She was raising money for a Tobii eye tracking and speech generating device to help her cousin write and send messages. The machine costs $16,000.

Last updated: 5:03 pm Monday, July 28, 2014

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