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Let’s stomp it out

Dear Editor:This morning’s papers contained devastating news for me (and for many in the community). I was completely unprepared for either Donna or Scott’s death by cancer. I feel numb and angry and consumed by grief. I cried and cried until the tears would not flow anymore.I am the co-chair of the Aspen Ride for the Cure which will take place on Sept. 9. For a few minutes I thought about throwing my hands up in the air and giving up – just dropping my intense commitment. Then I remembered that there are more and more success stories coming out of cancer treatment every day and that is where our focus MUST be trained. I thought of all the survivors who have come out of the woodwork this summer to help us build a strong team of support for those newly diagnosed. We cannot allow our grief to overcome our work for the future, it must, instead be a motivator to continue to raise funds for research to eliminate cancer of all kinds.Donna and Scott and their families deserve no less than our unequivocal commitment to stomping out this obscene disease. I’ll be at Paepcke Park next Saturday – I hope everyone will.Georgia HansonA grateful and (today) guilty survivorAspen