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A selfless community

Dear Editor:

As orthopedic frequent fliers at the Aspen Valley Hospital (ski accident, broken femur, 2009; bike accident, broken wrist, 2010; bike accident and another broken wrist, 2011; and bike accident with a gory thumb injury just last weekend), this letter is long overdue.

Not only does the exceptional team of EMTs, nurses, doctors and administrators at the hospital deserve our immense thanks for the tremendous quality of care that it gives, but we have been remiss in not calling out publicly the strangers who went out of their way to help us get to the hospital so we could be treated for our various injuries.

To the woman walking her dog between Basalt and Carbondale who ran home to get a ride for us to the hospital; to her roommate who was late for work because he drove us; to the two women training for the Susan G. Komen Ride for a Cure between Woody Creek and Basalt who dropped their bikes by the side of the road and drove us back to the hospital; to the construction worker who put our bikes on the back of his flatbed truck and dropped them off at our house; to the family in the minivan driving up to the Maroon Bells that stopped to comfort my traumatized daughter after she witnessed my husband’s bike accident; to the biker who had trained as an EMT who held my husband’s thumb in place and called 911 …

You have only strengthened our love for Aspen and the remarkable community of residents and visitors who converge here to enjoy all that this wonderful town has to offer. Your kindness and compassion have touched our lives, and we are so very grateful to you all. The lessons we have learned from you are profound, and the memories of your generosity will stay with us always.

Thank you so, so very much.

Jenny Patinkin and the Patinkin family


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