Vail Daily letter: Thanks for support
For the past 11 years, I have called Eagle County my home. There is a vibrancy and spirit in our community that is unlike anywhere I’ve ever lived. Whether it’s our neighbors, the beauty of our mountain surroundings, or our commitment to enjoying an active lifestyle, there’s a unique essence the Vail Valley that makes my heart swell with pride every time I tell somewhere I live.
As we approach Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 8, I’m reminded that our community is also enhanced by the many nonprofit organizations that provide important services to enrich the lives of residents and recipients; from healthcare to education, providing for the less fortunate, supporting veterans, preserving the environment and more, the generosity of the greater community changes lives for the better. As the president and CEO of Roundup River Ranch, an organization which provides extraordinary camp experiences for kids with serious illnesses and their families — always free — I am inspired by what each of you helps make possible at Roundup River Ranch and at the other nonprofits that do so much amazing work.
Nestled in a canyon along the Colorado River Road, Roundup River Ranch is a place that feels a million miles from doctor’s offices and worries. It’s a place where children with serious illnesses can take a break from being a “patient” so they can get back to enjoying the fun of childhood. Camp is filled with needed laughter, smiles, friendships, adventures, and as one mother stated, “camp is where we forget about the hardships of cancer. Without camp, we would have no brightness in our day.” Each year, you give of your time, talents and treasure to support our very special campers and our families. Hundreds of local volunteers, both individuals and groups, contribute their big hearts and people power to make camp magical. Hundreds of donors have contributed millions of dollars to provide a unique combination of camp fun and unprecedented medical care. Thanks to friends like you, the lives of nearly 1,000 campers discovered hope and healing at Roundup River Ranch!
I am proud to live in the Vail Valley because of what you help make possible at Roundup River Ranch. You’ve embraced our mission and the families we serve, and you remain committed to healing power of camp. Today, and every day, from the bottom of my heart, I offer my sincerest appreciation to the community for your unending support.
So, on behalf of every camper who has gazed at the stars, made a new friend, conquered a fear, or experienced the beauty of the mountains for the first time, I say thank you, thank you, thank you. Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving and an amazing holiday season!
Ruth B. Johnson
President and CEO, Roundup River Ranch