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Help that goes farther

Vail Daily Editorial
Vail CO, Colorado

What makes Jack’s Place so special isn’t just that it’s a beautiful retreat for cancer patients, or that it took four years to raise the $4.5 million needed to build it. Or even that so many local residents played a part in building it.

What makes the building so special is that it isn’t for Eagle County residents. Jack’s Place was built to provide shelter for the dozens of out-of-county cancer patients the Shaw Regional Cancer Center treats every year.

Patients from Summit, Routt, Garfield, Pitkin and Lake counties come to the cancer center for treatment. Recognizing that the last thing a cancer patient needs during treatment is the stress of travel or expensive hotel bills, local residents came up with a solution.

Vail Resorts let many of these patients stay in unused employee housing spots. In the meantime, that group of local residents searched for a more permanent solution. They formed the Shaw Outreach Team, researched what cancer centers across the country have done, and came up with the idea for a “caring house” ” a place for traveling cancer patients to stay during their treatment. The team launched a fundraising effort, announcing that no donation was too small.

And they got small donations. They also got plenty of large donations from businesses and individuals, including local doctor Jack Eck, for whom the building is named. The list of contributors is too long to mention here.

But the Shaw Outreach Team deserves a special thank you; for dedicating their time to the cause, for doing their part in helping the cancer center serve its patients, and for recognizing that our community’s generosity is large enough to help even those who live outside our county’s borders.

” Tamara Miller for the editorial board


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