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Family, friends hold yard sale to benefit chronically-ill man

By Jennifer Stagg | Posted - Jul. 30, 2011 at 10:09 p.m.

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HOLLADAY -- Friends and family of a chronically ill man held a benefit yard sale Saturday to help cover his medical bills.

On any given Saturday, hundreds of yard sales scatter the state. Bargain hunters explore several yard sales to search amid used goods for hidden treasures. But for one yard sale, it was more than hidden treasures and raising a couple bucks.

It was all about Jason Reynolds.

My priority, now, is to spend as much quality time as I can with the people that I love and the other stuff is secondary.

–Jason Reynolds

Reynolds was a young pro-golfer about to enter the PGA Tour six years ago. But after the slip of a surgeon's knife during an outpatient procedure, his aorta was severed and several of his organs were nicked.

As a result, Reynolds flat lined on the table twice, but was brought back to life. Since then, he's been hooked up to a permanent feeding tube, has had several more surgeries and vomits constantly. But doctors have told him that there is nothing -- surgically -- they can do.

"We take it a day at a time, literally a day at a time and that's not a bad way to live though," Reynolds said.

His life is nowhere near what it was before the accident, but he says it is for the better.

"The things that I've learned, the miracles that I've seen and just even the perspective that I have now captured to what it was before this happened, I wouldn't change anything," Reynolds said. "My priority, now, is to spend as much quality time as I can with the people that I love and the other stuff is secondary."

His wife Stephanie is the most important person in his life.

"Our hearts are so full. We've had so many families -- so many friends and family -- and people we don't even know have stopped by and donated all these items for our fundraiser yard sale," Stephanie said.

Reynolds has only minimal medical coverage, so all the proceeds will go toward his mounting medical bills.

"I've kind of seen since all this happened to me -- since I got sick -- the goodness in people has really stood out more than anything," Reynolds said.

If you missed the yard sale, but would still like to donate, a donation can be made at Chase Bank under the account Reynolds Family Medical Fund.

* has not verified the accuracy of the information provided with respect to the account nor does assure that the monies deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.



Jennifer Stagg


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