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Shopping event raises money for young man recovering from double lung transplant

Posted at 1:54 PM, Nov 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-18 12:18:37-05

The holiday shopping season is officially underway, and on Sunday, some shoppers hit a boutique for a good cause.

The Shopping Boutique at Shoal Creek Golf Course this weekend raised money for the Sellhorst family.

Chad Sellhorst, 24, is recovering from a double lung transplant. Sellhorst was born with cystic fibrosis.

Because his family has many medical bills, Barbara Boesel, their neighbor, offered to help. She organized the Shopping Boutique to replenish a fund as Sellhorst’s recovery continues.

“Any way that you could imagine you would pay for medical expenses is what we're using this for,” said Cheryl Sellhorst, Chad Sellhorst’s mother. “Could be prescription coverage, provider co-pays, hospital expenses, anything medically related.”

More than 30 vendors set up stations at the Shoal Creek Golf Course clubhouse, selling one-of-a-kind gifts, from baby clothes to makeup to handmade scarves.

“It's just the community support, emotionally, I can't speak highly enough about how the Kansas City-area has supported our family,” said Cheryl Sellhorst.

Shoppers paid $5 to get in the door. That fee, combined with the vendor fee, will go to the family through the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.

“It restores your faith in humankind and I truly do believe that people are good, and so this is just a testament to that,” Cheryl Sellhorst said.

Cheryl Sellhorst said her son is still at the hospital in Minneapolis where he received his transplant, but he is doing well.

Editor's Note: We previously identified Chad Sellhorst as Cody. We apologize for the error.