Online auction to benefit Island teen with cancer

An online auction has been set up to raise money for a Mercer Island teen with cancer. At the same time, the teen’s family has been experiencing financial difficulties. The teen’s stepdad has been working only part-time (as a teacher) in order to stay home to help care for him. The teen’s mother recently lost one of her two part-time jobs. As a result, the family was forced to sell their home at a great loss and moved to a rental home. Fortunately, they found a home on Mercer Island so that their other children could remain in their current schools.

Friends are already helping with meals, housework and yard work to ease stress and allow more quality time as a family. However, the family needs help to pay for medications, medical co-payments, rent and other items.

To participate and find out more about the family, go to the auction Web site at

There are more than 100 items listed on the site, many donated by Island businesses. The auction will run through the end of the month. There are a wide variety of gift certificates, items (new or in very good condition) and services available.

If you don’t see anything that suits you, monetary donations are also accepted.

Businesses that donated include Beecher’s Cheese, Oh! Chocolate, Blue C Sushi, Sushi Joa, Alpenland Restaurant, Seven Star Chinese Restaurant, Tablefare/Spice Care, John Cornicello Photography, Puyallup Dermatology, Woodinville Dermatology, Mercer Island Eyeworks, Park Dental Associates, Body and Sol Massage, Bruce McTavish Massage, Yoga Bliss, Forest Yoga by Drew, Karen Beck Yoga & Pilates, Pilates with Jeanette, The Fit Edge – Boot Camp, Club Emerald, Dooz hair salon, Studio 904, The Sweet Spot, Six-Walls Interior Design, What to Wear Boutique, Tatters Boutique, Mercer Island Florist, Auto Spa Car Wash, Becci Crowe Wildlife Art, A+ Dry Cleaners, Island Cats Veterinary Hospital, Sammamish Sailboarding and Chicks Shoes.

Learn more

For more information, contact Carrie Wernick at, (206) 446-6522 or (206) 523-3510 (with item questions), or Jeff Wernick at, (206) 446-6521 or (206) 523-3510 (with Web site or payment questions).

Monetary donations made via the Web site impose an 8 percent fee. To avoid surcharges, donations can be made directly to: D. Cyrus Rhodes-Zoroufy Benevolent Fund, account number 3586163087.

Mail to the Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU), P.O. Box 97050, Seattle, Wash., 98124 (for direct deposit: account number 3586163087, routing number 325081403).

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