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Garage sale helps support liver transplant

Randall Morin, left, and Jackie Hopper left the garage sale to support James Nott’s liver transplant with plenty of goodies on May 18. - Kirk Boxleitner
Randall Morin, left, and Jackie Hopper left the garage sale to support James Nott’s liver transplant with plenty of goodies on May 18.
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MARYSVILLE — James Nott is due for a liver transplant within the next three to four months, and while he does have medical coverage, the 58-year-old Army veteran and retired railroad worker is still facing significant out-of-pocket expenses, so the friends of James and his wife Gina set up a garage sale on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, to help cover the costs associated with the procedure.

“Their medical bills are just incredible,” said Monica Moriarty, a coworker of Gina Nott, who coordinated the two-day garage sale. “They found cancer in his liver. He’s already on the list, and he’s done all that he can to minimize any infection, but he still has to be drained every 10 days.”

Moriarty and the Notts’ other friends reached out to their own friends and coworkers, and the resultant haul of donated goods filled not only a garage, but also a living room, before spilling back outside.

“People came out of the woodwork to help out, and everything was given to us for fee, which means that whatever we make goes directly to James,” Moriarty said.

Moriarty’s boss even allowed her and her coworkers to manage the garage sale during their work hours on that Friday.

“It’s been really spiritually uplifting,” Moriarty said. “We’ve had people donate cash even when they had almost no money themselves. On Friday alone, we must have made about $1,100, even though I thought we’d be lucky to make $500.”

“I feel really good about what’s been created here,” said Laird Richmond, the boss of both Moriarty and Gina Nott. “What we’ve received for James and Gina is amazing, especially when you consider how much standard yard sales are usually able to bring in. These people have worked long and hard and put a lot of love into this project, and they’ve gotten it back tenfold.”

As of press time, James Nott was unavailable for comment due to undergoing treatment, with Gina by his side.

For more information, contact Monica Moriarty by phone at 360-659-9656 or 425-418-9976, or via email at monica@rtstree.com.

 

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