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Letters to the Editor, August 28-31, 2010

An extraordinary act of kindness


My beautiful little redhead brought me to tears as she wept while telling me a touching story about two sixteen-year-old boys and the power of compassion. One of the boys just happens to be our son, Conner, who most of you know has been living with juvenile diabetes since he was three years old. The other boy’s name is Zack.

Please bear with me while I provide a short preface: If a person with juvenile diabetes begins to have an insulin reaction — a low blood sugar level, lower than 60, brought on by having too much insulin in the blood — they’re at risk of having a seizure (insulin shock) and within minutes lapsing into a coma, ultimately leading to death. The only early treatment is simple carbohydrates/sugar (glucose) followed by more complex carbohydrates to stabilize their blood sugar level to a more normal level of 80 to 120.

If this treatment doesn’t happen within minutes of an insulin reaction, more drastic measures must be taken, such as an injection of glucagon or D-50 administered intravenously by a paramedic. Unfortunately, if nothing happens within 30 minutes to an hour, this person will die.

Back to the story: Conner was with a friend hanging out around the Redstone area, a common ritual for the local youth of Park City. the time their hunger pains surfaced, both realized they had spent all their money. Conner knew what he was facing. He called home asking for someone to meet him at Wendy’s with some money.

In the meantime, through his years of training and experience with this disease, Conner instinctually tested his blood sugar; getting a reading of a dangerously low 48. He and his friend made it to the Wendy’s counter and quickly explained their predicament to the manager in hopes of getting Conner some food that he would pay for as soon as his family arrived with some money.

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Zack, who didn’t know my son or his friend, was working behind the counter and had overheard of their dilemma. This compassionate young man immediately took money out of his own pocket, paying for some food then handing it to Conner and telling him about his own grandmother who is also afflicted with this same disease.

I then showed up, not knowing what had transpired, with money for Conner, trusting that everything was okay and then went on my merry way, only to later hear about what this incredible young man, who was working behind the counter, did for my son.

My wife, Lori, continued to tell me that, after I had left Wendy’s and when Conner tried to pay back the money to the young employee named Zack, he would not accept it. I can’t come up with the words to describe how good it makes me feel to know that there are truly exceptional young people like Zack looking out for others in need and possibly saving a life by his extraordinary act of kindness.

Thank you, Zack. God bless you,

John Benson

Park City

No need to resort to personal slurs


Dr. Hickman of Phoenix must be drinking the kool-aid if he thinks either The Park Record or its readers have an anti-Obama slant. More importantly, 98 percent of us who aren’t "grateful" for Obama object not to him but his policies which we see undermining America’s economy and values. But 98 percent of us do so without resorting to personal slurs like Hickman’s against John McCain (a confused and confusing old man?!) or Sarah Plain (ignorant woman?!), two individuals who bear zero responsibility for Obama’s ill-advised bailouts, health-care reform and spending sprees. The recession started under Bush (with lots of Democratic help) but I for one am not grateful for how Obama has dealt with it. If The Park Record has anything to apologize for, it is for publishing Hickman’s ignorant and hateful letter.

Mark Schmitz

Park City

Community came through at WSS fair


The "B98.7 presents the 3rd Annual WSS 5K and Community Fair" was a big success! From lots of runners and walkers to great fair activities, prizes and delicious food and beverage, the event was fun for families and for those of all ages. The Winter Sports School in Park City would like to thank the Park City community and the Winter Sports School Student Council for making it happen.

Aside from runners and fair attendees, the community provided much needed support in the way of sponsorships, food and beverage, hard goods, silent-auction items and prizes. We are fortunate to have such a generous community. Thank you so very much!

A very special thank you goes out to our 2010 WSS Student Council: Elle Tomlinson, student body president; Jake Fojtik, student body vice president; Katie Knutson, senior class representative; Sophie Frankenburg, George Rodney and Gabby D’Elia, junior class representatives; and Morgan Gowen, sophomore class representative. The student council handled event details from event organization to prize and item solicitation and pickups to loading and unloading equipment to racer registrations, and so much more. They went above and beyond the call of duty.

Another special thank you to Rosie Hanek-Cahoon, WSS faculty member/student council advisor, for coordinating all event elements with the students and staff this year and in years past. The school appreciates her time and effort. And thanks to the rest of the WSS faculty who chipped in to make the event a success.

Many thanks again to all.

Rob Clayton

Head of school, Winter Sports School in Park City

Gift gave students a running start


This is an open letter to Park City Kiwanis Club members.

We are writing to thank you for your generous and thoughtful gift of much needed school supplies, collected through your "Stuff the Bus" Project. A new spiral notebook or fresh pack of pencils can mean so much to a child as they begin their school year. It is the caring involvement of people and organizations like yours that make Park City the community we have all come to value and support.

Thank you, from the bottom of our backpacks!

Alison Vallejo

On behalf of the students and staff of Trailside Elementary School