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Friends plan fund-raisers for Sunnyside youth

While Aaron Saunders, 17, is recovering from injuries received in a Scoon Road truck-bicycle collision on June 16, family and friends are planning fund-raisers to help the Saunders family with medical costs.

Saunders, who is being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, suffered head injuries and broken bones and is currently in a coma. But, according to a family spokesman for the family, the Sunnyside High School senior is breathing on his own.

Saunders, who is the son of Steve and Nicole Saunders and Kathy Saunders, all of Sunnyside, has been in a coma since the accident, according to Elizabeth Knowles of Sunnyside, who is organizing a series of fund-raisers for the family.

She said Saunders' family expects to move him to a long-term care facility sometime in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, she and others are planning the first of what will be a series of on-going fund-raisers.

"We are planning a yard sale at the First Christian Church at the corner of South Eighth Street and Decatur Avenue, Saturday, July 16," Knowles said.

She said that anyone wishing to help with the yard sale or having items to donate to the sale can call her at 837-5215.

In addition, Knowles said family supporters have placed community "get well" cards at five locations around Sunnyside.

We invite the community to wish Aaron a speedy recovery," she said.

The cards are located at Hair Max, Subway, KB Loan Store, Electric Beach and the Daily Buzz Deli.

Knowles said other fund-raisers may include a picnic, raffle, a car wash and possibly a bowl-a-thon in August. In addition, a special fund has been established at Bank of America for Aaron Saunders. Knowles said the Sunnyside Eagles Lodge is also planning a fund-raiser to aid the family.

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