Quality of Life
August 1, 2008
A new nonprofit, The Quality of Life Cancer Fund, has been organized within the Aspen Community Foundation by Elaine Grossman, Dr. Alan Tralins and Barbara Berger. They introduced the new fund to more than 40 Aspenites at a dinner party recently at the Berger home, a dinner that was cooked by Bruce Berger, a famous local creator of fabulous meals.The fund will provide a rapid response to critical, unmet needs of cancer patients and survivors from Rifle to Aspen. Some of the obstacles faced by cancer victims include driving up to four hours a day for several weeks while having radiation treatments. Work often becomes an impossibility, causing a downward economic spiral, resulting in loss of home and medical coverage. Children with cancer are often sent to Denver, leaving parents and other children behind. Ads appear constantly in local newspapers asking for help, so the new fund will be a community resource ready to respond.Gas cards, housekeeping, meal support, medical insurance payments, rent support and travel expenses will provide important relief. People interested in helping can send checks to the Aspen Community Foundation, 110 E. Hallam St., Suite 126, Aspen, CO 81611. Brandon Cooper of Aspen was named to the deans list at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. To qualify for the deans list, a student must maintain better than a B-plus average. The summer parties are gaining momentum.Just to mention a few:A Margaritaville party was held by Susan Thomas of Redhead Tours at her home in Carbondale.On the same day, a picnic alongside the Roaring Fork River and boulders at The Grottos was held by Joann and David Grimes and Helga Matuska and Jack Crawford. And now Joann and David are planning a Hats with Attitude party at the Snowmass Club with hats a must for all the ladies.Watch for the crowds on bicycles on a scavenger hunt in the annual Tour de Rump.Lisa Yorker is moving back to Aspen from Denver for the fourth timeUndercurrent … Some people come to Aspen and want nothing to do with the politics or the social scene … they left all that behind them. Then there are others who come to town and want to run everything!