Friends coming to aid of Reggie Barbour
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Another of Aspen’s high-profile community members has joined what is unfortunately a growing list of locals battling with cancer, whose friends are hoping to help.
Reggie Barbour, longtime Aspen local, author, Soupsköl creator and former chef at Boogie’s and the former Pomegranate, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January, and is receiving treatment at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
On June 8 at the Elks Lodge in Aspen, from 3-8 p.m., there will be free food, music and a silent auction, organized by Barbour’s friends to raise money to help him pay mounting medical and other bills.
And for those who would like to donate directly to his aid, a fund has been established in his name at Alpine Bank, and at the online fundraising site, http://reggie.chipin.com/reggie-and-mary-barbour.
Barbour, 58, lives at the Centennial condominium complex in Aspen with his wife, Mary, who works at Pitkin County Senior Services as a program director.
He has lived in the valley for about three decades, has taught cooking classes at Les Chefs “for years and years,” and most recently has written a book about out of the way Colorado restaurants titled “Colorado’s Forks In The Road.” He is working on a sequel, he said.
Speaking from his home this week, he said the cancer was discovered almost accidentally when he went in for a check-up because he had been feeling ill at the end of shifts as a cook at Gwyn’s High Alpine and Butch’s Lobster Bar.
A tumor was discovered while surgeons were performing a relatively minor surgical procedure, and not long afterward, he developed a bacterial infection related to the surgery and had to be flown to Denver on Flight For Life.
“They saved my life,” he said of the Denver doctors. He is being treated at Valley View and he said that the bills “just keep adding up.”
He said his bills come to somewhere in the neighborhood of $50,000, even after his health insurance covered care of some of the costs.
Somewhat hesitant about talking with a reporter about his troubles, Barbour remarked, “I’m kind of a shy guy. This whole thing has kind of humbled me; my friends all said they wanted to contribute. I love living in this place.”
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