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Vail Daily letter: Thank you, Vail Valley

Keith Odza
Vail, Colorado, CO

It has been just over two months since my ski accident, and I wanted to let people know I am progressing and healing well. I will never be able to thank everyone enough who helped my family and me thru this very difficult time.

On March 21, Vail Resorts Ski Patrol received a call that I had a serious ski accident. Five outstanding patrollers were able to bring me off the mountain to the paramedics waiting to rush me to Vail Valley Medical Center Emergency Room.

The ER doctors and Mountain Surgical Associates stabilized and prepared me for an immediate helicopter ride to Denver Health Center. All these people worked together to save my life and I am forever grateful for everything they did.

I spent a week at Denver Health Center and then another week back at Vail Valley Medical Center. All the doctors, nurses, therapists, assistants and volunteers at VVMC were unbelievable in the care they provided me. We, in the valley are incredibly lucky to have this hospital available to us. Thank you to The Mountain Surgical Associates and The Steadman Clinic who continue to monitor my recovery.

In addition, my wife, Sheryl, and our sons, Zachary and Reese, want to thank all our friends, family and co-workers for all the love and well wishes over the past months.

All the meals, rides, and overnights for the kids that were provided proves how great of place we live in. It is truly extraordinary how in a time of crisis so many people placed our needs ahead of their own. The list would be too long to name everyone, but we hope everyone knows how much you mean to us. Thank you, too, to our employers and our sons’ schools for their caring and patience during this ordeal.

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I also want to take this opportunity to thank my parents Rita and Randall, my brother, Ken, and my wife’s Aunt Phyllis for all their incredible help in physically caring for my needs during so many critical times of my recovery. I appreciate all the love of well wishes from the rest of our family members who could not be here.

Finally, I want to thank the person that means more to me than anything, my wife, Sheryl.

Thank you again Vail Valley. I will remember each day how remarkable this community is. I look forward in the coming weeks and months to see all of you and have the opportunity to thank you in person.

Keith Odza

Vail