Jake Young suffered a terrible accident, but his friends and community didn’t forget about him. Jake suffered a head trauma after he was struck by a vehicle in Knox County in November of 2007, leaving him with traumatic brain injuries.
Law’s Brickmill Market owner Keith Law wanted to help. He told Jake’s dad, Mike “Jaws” Young, the Market would do a fundraiser for him.
One of those fund raisers brought out the community in spite of the weather on Oct. 10. Brickmill owners Keith, wife Ruth and daughter Amy, held a rummage and bake sale that included a day of entertainment, bargains and helpful community spirit to help raise money to pay for medical procedures for Jake Young.
“We collected $2,600,” Keith Law said. “It was cold, but it was still a good turnout. We had a lot of community support. I wish the weather had been better, but the community really came out.”
Besides monetary donations, Law also accepted items for the rummage sale. Law said he would periodically have rummage sales to raise money for Young “Out in the back is a tractor-trailer full of stuff. The first pretty weekend we get, we’ll bring this to the front and sell some more. We’ll do it for a year, two years, whatever it takes,” Keith Law said. “To get the therapy he needs, it is going to take $180,000 to $200,000.”
Law said there are other ways store employees are trying to raise money, most notably a jar up front at the cash register for people to donate. “It’s amazing how many people donate,” he said, “especially when they see the picture and recognize that Jake is Jaws son. Everybody knows Jaws.”