Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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March 28, 2014

Auction to benefit Joshua teen

Since the skydiving accident on Jan. 25 that left her with broken vertebrae, a fractured pelvis and numerous other injuries, Joshua teenager Makenzie Wethington’s recovery has been nothing short of miraculous. According to information her sister Meagan posted online March 19, Makenzie has been “released [by her doctors] to do whatever she wants and go back to living her life.”

But that recovery came with some hefty medical bills. And because Makenzie did not have insurance, owners of a Joshua business and members of a Joshua civic organization are gearing up this weekend to raise money to help pay those bills.

Joshua Self Storage Solutions, a self-storage facility at 2032 W. FM 917, will hold an auction at 10 a.m. Saturday, with all proceeds benefitting 16-year-old Makenzie.

Joseph Sidawi, whose family owns Self Storage Solutions, said Thursday that he was so amazed by Makenzie’s story, that he wanted to find a way to help. The company was already holding quarterly auctions for charity, so Sidawi said he decided to make Makenzie the beneficiary of the March auction.

“Whenever we have clients move out, I tell them that if there is anything in their storage unit they don’t want, they can just leave it behind, and we will auction it off for charity,” Sidawi said. “I started doing this last year, once a quarter. We raised about $1,000 each time, and each time we donated the money to the [Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties] But we wanted to do something to help Makenzie and we decided the money this time would go to her.”

Sidawi said he already has a 10-foot-by-20-foot storage unit “stuffed to overflowing” with items that have been donated for the benefit auction. He will accept donations until auction time Saturday.

“If you have something you want to donate, just bring it by,” he said. “Our auctions are always really interesting. But this one is going to be extra special. I am hoping we can raise at least $1,000 for Makenzie, hopefully a lot more than that.

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