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Aspen can help Shining Stars

On March 13, we will again be welcoming The Shining Stars to Aspen.

Shining Stars are children with cancer and life-threatening illnesses who will be participating in the Winter Games for one week at Buttermilk Mountain. Hospitals from the state of Colorado will be selecting children who will benefit most from this unique, therapeutic week of skiing, snowmobiling, disco dancing, campfire cookouts, shopping and dining. This week could not happen without the amazing generosity of the Aspen and Roaring Fork business community and local volunteers.

The mission of the Shining Stars Foundation is to provide recreational and outreach programs for these special children, with no cost to the child or their families. This week of skiing in Aspen is a “vehicle” for the much greater experience of healing and empowering these kids with a renewed sense of energy and control over their lives that they have not felt since receiving their diagnosis. Our major 2004 sponsors are the Aspen Skiing Co., Prince Bandar and The Inn at Aspen.

This year we have had an overwhelming response from hospitals and clinics throughout Colorado with kids who would benefit from a week such as this. We want to help as many of these kids as possible, but we are still in need of additional assistance. Please consider if you could help us in any way:

1. Volunteers to assist with our Buddy-Ambassador program

2. Donated condo or hotel space in Aspen to house our volunteers and medical teams.

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3. Gifts or souvenirs for the children

4. Donations ” any amount is a great help. We have a waiting list of children wanting to attend.

We gratefully appreciate everything this community has done for us. With your help we look forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer.

Donations can be sent to: Shining Stars Foundation – Box 1308 – Aspen, CO 81612 or dropped off at the Wells Fargo Bank at 119 S. Mill St. For further information, please visit our Web site or e-mail us at http://www.shiningstarsfoundation.com or call 970-726-8009.

Thank you for continuing to open your hearts to the Shining Stars.

Kathy Gingery

Executive director

Shining Stars Foundation

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