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Family holds car wash for Independence man who had heart, lung transplant

Posted at 11:14 AM, Oct 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 12:14:08-04

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- The medical bills kept stacking up for Shawn Cosgrove, who had a double lung and heart transplant in July 2017. 

Cosgrove has struggled since birth with heart problems. He was born with a congenital heart defect and had open heart surgery at the age of 2. 

Then, at the age of 28, Cosgrove was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and given roughly five years to live.

But he beat the odds. 

Thanks to organ donors, Cosgrove received the heart and lungs to allow him to live a normal life again. 

To help with the mounting medical bills, Shawn's wife, Tammy, decided to hold a car wash over the weekend at the Advance Auto Parts store on 37th Street and Noland Road in Independence. 

Dozens of cars stopped by to wish the family well. 

To donate to Cosgrove's ongoing medical expenses, visit his GoFundMe page.