Letters to the editor, July 6-9
We have a match!!! Seattle called with the GOOD news! In fact, we have two…a 18 year old male and 24-year-old female (gender doesn’t matter). YIPPEE!!!!!! They are both what are called 10/10 matches…that’s what we needed! Whew, finally good news!
Are they from Park City? We don’t know (unless someone here got a call) and are not told until one year after the actual transplant and only if the donor agrees. I think in our little town, if they’re from here, we ALL will know! To who ever it is, wherever they are, our deepest gratitude!
What’s next? Andy has to be in remission before we go any farther. We’ll see his oncologist in New York on July 15 and get some idea of the status of his cancer. Once he’s in remission, finally, it will go pretty fast. He and I will move to Seattle, rent something and settle in for 4-6 months with Mike joining us every-other weekend. He will be given immune system suppressants to get his system ready to accept the donor cells.
How can you help? So many of you have already done SO MUCH for us and especially with his donor registration drive a couple of weeks ago. Your support as we go down this challenging path is worth everything! And thanks to all who sent him a 30th birthday greeting last Sunday – he thought that was pretty neat! This is a very risky procedure so prayers, good karma, positive thoughts are still needed (His email, if you need it is: email@example.com as in john andrew washington)
When does this happen? As soon as he’s in remission. The final go-head decision is made by his New York oncologist.
Thanks so very much to our little village for all you’ve done and to our family and friends for their support!
Andy, Mike and Jane Washington
Mountainlands takes a bow
Mountainlands Community Housing Trust (MCHT) celebrated its 20th anniversary last week and honored one of our founders, Bob Wells. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Deer Valley Resort for hosting the event at Snow Park Lodge. Deer Valley’s staff and delights affirmed their world class standing.
I would especially like to thank KSL Television for preparing an exceptional video to commemorate the celebration and highlight the need for affordable housing in our community. A film crew spent an entire day with us and several hours editing this high quality moving video. (See housinghelp.org) Also, thanks to those who provided the testimonials about MCHT’s efforts.
This was truly a community event that was attended by many supporters. The Park Record’s and KPCW’s coverage helped make our week long celebration meaningful. MCHT is proud of its accomplishments over the past 20 years but our success is a result of the entire community’s support and commitment to our cause.
Mountainlands Community Housing Trust Executive Director
A tip of the hat to these 130 lovely ladies
From floppy to felt, chic to chapeaus, hats with bees and hats with wings, the People’s Health Clinic’s third annual Silver Queen Derby Luncheon was an elegant success. We’d like to tip our hats to over 130 lovely ladies who lunched, shopped and enjoyed the afternoon together. Thanks to our premier sponsor, Stein Eriksen Lodge, for hosting the derby in their beautiful new indoor/outdoor ballroom. They were a joy to work with. I’d like to give a special shout out to Nancy Liepmann, director of event services, and Sarah Myers, communications manager, as well as all our guests.
It was heartwarming to see so many women enjoying Stein’s hospitality while raising funds for the Women’s Wellness Program at the clinic. Local beauties modeled fashions by Farasha Boutique, adding glamour and allure to the day. Mark your calendar and join us in the winners’ circle next year as the Silver Queen Derby rides again!
Event director, The People’s Health Clinic
The wild horses debate
I am writing in response to the editorials by Andrew Gulliford (April 16, 2013) Wild Horses: too much of a good thing and Ted Williams (6/15/2013)"Feral Horses: wild, free and out of control"
How serendipitous that both writers wrote their editorials prior to National Academy of Science’s latest report evaluating the Bureau of Land Management’s job of managing our nation’s
Wild Horses, which stated that the BLM’s practices in working with our Nation’s Wild Horses are in dire need of repair.
Mr. Guilford’s statement regarding the Office of the Inspector General ‘the herds’ doubles every 4 years". The recent NAS
report states there is a 15-20 % growth rate of any given herd annuall. Mr. William’s unscientific based editorial continually uses "feral" to describe the wild horse population as well as the people who support them.
There have been three studies to evaluate the claim of whether today’s wild horses are wild and genetically tied to
the Yukon Horse, which disappeared from the North American continent approximately 12,000 year ago.
A study by Drs. Kirkpatric and Fazio concludes that " neither paleontological opinion nor modern molecular genetics support the contention that the modern horse in North American is Non-Native".
Shifting from all of the scientific data surrounding these living beings to one of honor and admiration. Since the Civil War to the end of World War 1 the present day horse’s ancestor have served this nation in our many military conflicts. We as a Nation owe this national treasure more then being gathered and sent off to the BLM’s holding facilities located in the mid west or to the slaughter house.
This cannot be stated enough.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
John Steele Photography
Barbeque and Bluegrass is a hit
Saturday evening, the BBQ and Bluegrass crowd at the McPolin Farm was treated to a formation flyover. The volunteers of the Heber City-based Commemorative Air Force Utah Wing were flying their WW II trainers. The aircraft passed overhead displaying their signature air show smoke trails (biodegradable, by the way!) to a rousing applause from the appreciative gathering at the McPolin Farn. Our thanks from the Friends of the Farm committee and enthusiastic participants go to the CAF Utah Wing members.
Friends of the Farm Committee Member
The 8th annual Share the Road Ride went off as smooth as can be. With the weather we always have to keep our fingers crossed and we were blessed with sunny skies. Some other factors are never left to chance and that is because of the incredible support of the community. I would like to thank the Park City Police, the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, Interstate Barricade, Park City Municipal and Summit County Planning for all their help in making this event happen each year. Of course the ride would not be possible without all the cyclists in the community who come out and help spread the word of sharing the road. Thanks to all of you. Let’s hope next year is even bigger.
Cole Sport, Park City
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