Embrace the Shining Stars
Dear Editor:Aspen is a special place, known for its natural beauty, recreational activities and rich cultural opportunities. An equally precious characteristic of this valley, however, should never be taken for granted. Within the heart of our community there is a spirit of caring and giving, which is unsurpassed.Numerous families have felt the warmth of that outreach over the years, often in the face of tragedy or hardship. As our son Stefan continues to bravely fight his battle with cancer, we too find ourselves as the recipients of that generous spirit of giving. The challenges of this disease are relentless, but Stefan remains resolute and positive. In spite of some setbacks, he is responding well to two years of aggressive treatment.It has been a long, difficult road for our family. But, at each turn, someone from this community has reached out to offer support. In that tradition, the Aspen Elks Lodge recently gave us an unexpected and very welcome donation to help with increasing medical expenses. We are extremely grateful to them for their generosity.This Friday, dozens of other children facing life-threatening diseases such as Stefan’s will be arriving in Aspen. The Shining Stars Foundation brings these children to Aspen for one week each winter because no other community can offer them the uplifting experiences that we can. Many of these children are uncertain of their tomorrows, but we can provide them with wonderful todays. Please, embrace the brave Shining Stars during their brief stay, just as you continue to embrace one of your native sons.Franz and Susi ZedlacherSnowmass Village
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