Letters: Shout out to the Back Bowl
Vail CO, Colorado
Help during tough times
We wanted to write to say thank you to some people, and also to remind many that there still is a community under all those cranes and new huge buildings.
We’d like to thank Tom McNeill, the owner of the Gourmet Cowboy in Minturn, for donating his beautiful restaurant for Lily Moore’s 11th birthday party. During a very tough time for us, this was a wonderful way to give Lily a great birthday to remember. Thanks to Erin, our friend, who purchased party favors, food and decorations, and also planning all the fun games for the 15 kids who had run of the huge space at Tom’s.
It may be a small thing to donate a “space,” but it meant the world to us and showed us that people in our community truly care.
Jared Moore and Emily Galko
The ‘underdog cancer’
Some cancers are constantly in the national spotlight ” breast, lung, and colon. But little is known about the lesser known cancers, like the one that I had never heard of until it personally affected my life.
Pancreatic cancer doesn’t boast celebrity endorsements, nor is it a trendy cause to support. In fact, you might say it’s the “underdog cancer.” It is underfunded, under recognized, and not well understood.
More than 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death. It is the third leading cause of cancer death in men ages 40-59 years old. Yet it only sees about 1.5 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s $4.8 billion budget. Those of us who have been affected by this disease are incredulous that such an aggressive illness could receive such little funding and attention from the public. There are no pre-screening or early detection tools, which is why 75 percent of people with pancreatic cancer will die within 12 months of diagnosis.
November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Please raise your voice in November and build awareness in your community for this terrible disease. Please join the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Raise Your Voice campaign and visit http://www.pancan.org/raiseyourvoice to get involved today.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the leader in the fight to defeat pancreatic cancer. They are the only national organization creating a sense of hope and community in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure.
Special Olympics support
There is just one place I know where the word STRIKE on the screen is met with cheers and high-fives, and that is at the Back Bowl in Eagle!
We would like to say a huge thank you to Joe Gonzales, Doug, Andy, Ralph, Meredith, Emily, and all of the terrific staff who work there for their support and hosting our local Special Olympics team. “The Eagle Valley Back Bowlers” practice every Saturday. We had up to 23 bowlers trying for those strikes this year.
Thank you also to the volunteers and the parents and families who cheered with the athletes and helped where ever we needed them.
Jim and Donna Pratt