Triathlon continues Vail Valley woman’s mission
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Becky Yarberry lost her life almost two years ago in Colorado’s Vail Valley, but her memory is living on strong not only in the valley, but around the world.
Yarberry died in a car accident in Dowd Junction Sept. 17, 2007 – she was on her way to physical therapy to get her ankle checked out before an upcoming triathlon, said her mother, Margie Schoedel.
Yarberry had already accomplished a lot in her 27 years – she went on mission trips to Honduras with her co-workers at Colorado Mountain Medical for CURE International, an organization that helps disabled children in third-world countries. She had also qualified for two triathlon nationals at Lake Tahoe, Schoedel said.
A wing of a new hospital in Honduras was dedicated to Yarberry last March.
“The money from (Becky’s) memorial fund went toward a wing that has 15 to 20 beds so children can spend the night and get some extra care,” Schoedel said.
Care was something Yarberry wanted for everyone, and she was willing to provide it herself, said friend Zach Chandler, of Edwards.
“She was really compassionate, that’s why she got into medicine,” he said. “She was working on getting into a physician’s assistant (graduate) program.”
Chandler and David Wieder, another close friend of Yarberry’s who now lives in San Antonio, are showing their compassionate side, too. The two planned the second annual Bec Tri, a triathlon in memory of Yarberry, this year in hopes to raise more money for CURE International and Yarberry’s memorial fund.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s great because we’ve got a network of family and friends now a great memory of a great friend,” Wieder said.
Wieder said Yarberry would probably faint if she knew the money raised in her honor helped create a medical wing for the children in Honduras she was so passionate about.
“It makes me blush just thinking about it,” he said.
Yarberry was a natural around children or just about anyone, Wieder said. She had a huge heart that would go out to anybody who needed help, he said.
It’s that spirit that keeps Yarberry’s friends inspired to continue doing what she loved – helping children through CURE International and triathlons. Schoedel can’t thank Yarberry’s friends enough.
“I think it’s wonderful,” she said. “The Bec Tri doesn’t just honor her, it honors what she believed in.”
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