Briefs: Hiking out of the hospital
VAIL ” About a dozen veterans will trade in their hospital rooms for an outdoor Vail adventure this week.
Starting Thursday, several member of the U.S. military who lost limbs in Iraq or Afghanistan will be excused from their year-long rehab at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington to spend the weekend in Vail.
Cheryl Jensen started the Vail Veteran’s Program three winters ago when she began bringing veterans to the slopes for private ski instruction. This year will mark the first summer program, taking the young men ” all aged between 18 and 24 and hailing from around the country ” fly fishing, rafting and camping along the Colorado River.
About three months ago, Jensen traveled to Washington to begin spreading word about the trip. All amputees at Walter Reed are invited, but the final decision rests on the doctors. Unfortunately, not everyone who wants to come is able to, Jensen said.
Each veteran is allowed to bring a guest on the free trip. Staff members also accompany them.
Vail Veteran’s Program events build confidence in amputees by focusing on their abilities rather than their disabilities, Jensen said. It tells them that “life will be okay,” she said.
This weekend will be momentous, not just for the veterans, but also for the community, Jensen said, because tour guides and outfitters jumped at the chance to donate their services to the group.
But the servicemen are equally as honored, she said.
“When someone tells you it’s changed their life, you’re hooked,” Jensen said.
” Brooke Bates
EAGLE VAIL ” The first annual “Lovin’ Livin’ Luau” will raise money for the Marilyn Klein Memorial Breast Cancer Support Fund, which helps patients being treated at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards.
The fundraiser is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, at the Eagle-Vail Pavilion. Tickets, which are $50 a person, include dinner and beverages. Due to space limitations, reservations are required. Call Hunt Klein at 926-2070.
The Marilyn Klein fund has been established to educate breast cancer patients about support and caring for themselves.
MINTURN ” The concert series is seeking volunteers for three performances this month.
On Aug. 19, Hot 8 brass band followed by Little Hercules and Papa Grows Funk on Aug. 24 and All Strung out and Vince Herman and Friends on Aug. 26. All three shows are from 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., and volunteers are needed from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Volunteers will get a meal and a free ticket to another Live! In Minturn show. Those interested can call Chrissy at 331-6330. For more information visit http://liveinminturn.com
SEDALIA, Colo. ” The first Star Power/Heuga Center Golf Tournament will be held at the Sanctuary Golf Course in Sedalia on Aug. 31.
All proceeds from the tournament benefit programs of Edwards-based Heuga Center, a nonprofit organization that attempts to help people suffering from multiple sclerosis remain active.
Golfers also receive admittance to the Star Power Systems “Ninja Selling” real estate seminar on Aug. 30 in Parker, Colo., featuring Larry Kendall, Mike Ferry, David Knox and Floyd Wickman.
The cost is $1,500 per person or $6,000 per foursome. To register, contact The Heuga Center at 926-1290.
Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado
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