Make-A-Wish winner battles over items in storage

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by TONYA MOSLEY / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 22 at 6:17 PM

SEATTLE -- A Make-A-Wish Foundation winner and cancer survivor is fighting with a storage company over some pretty valuable items.

Brandi Knox won autographs from the 1996 Olympic Basketball Team but after just two months in storage, her items could be auctioned off.

She has been through a lot in 28 years -- battled cancer, homelessness and now a fight with the Public Storage company.

"I'm not asking for donations, furniture or anything. All I'm asking for is to have access to my medical records and my memorabilia," said Knox.

Knox says last spring she and her husband divorced and she struggled to keep up with the bills. To avoid eviction, she moved out of her apartment and placed all of her belongings in storage with the idea that when she got back on her feet, she could pay to retrieve them.

But a month later, Knox says she called Public Storage with the intent of making payment arrangements and that's when they notified her that her items were going to be auctioned off.

"I couldn't believe it," said Knox. "I admit I was struggling to survive and protect my kids but I plan to pay, I just need time."

Inside of Knox's storage unit are the autographed shoes she personally had signed from members of the 1996 Olympic Basketball Team. Brandi won the trip through the Make A Wish Foundation.

Public Storage says per the contract all storage units that remain unpaid for 14 consecutive days may be disposed of or the items auctioned off.

After we called Public Storage they agreed to work with Knox for another month. She now owes $415.

"I really do intend to pay, I'm a simple person that is all I want right now," said Knox.

Public Storage says under state law if you don't pay even a little bit on your storage bill the company has the right to throw out or auction off your items.

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