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Live like there is a tomorrow

Dear Editor:Good things are always happening in the Roaring Fork Valley! I had the privilege of participating in a mountain safety program. I was so moved by it that I just have to spread the good news. This program is a collaboration of several area businesses that travel to area schools from Rifle to Aspen to deliver a mountain safety and awareness message to the students. The 45-minute presentation consists of video, expert speakers, pro athletes, prize give-aways including helmets and season passes to Sunlight Mountain Resort or Aspen/Snowmass. Bobby Layman is a featured speaker. He is a 19-year-old young man who sustained a permanent brain injury when jumping in the terrain park. He admits that he did not “preride” the terrain park in order to inspect the jump. This is likely the reason he hit the jump with too much speed, causing him to over shoot the landing and fall approximately 40 feet onto a flat landing. He was wearing a helmet, which is why he is alive to talk about it! Bobby is a courageous young man who delivers a powerful message to the students, “Live like there is a tomorrow, so that you don’t have to live like this.”Thank you to the following organizations and persons for their participation and generous donations: Bobby Layman, Aspen Valley Hospital (Sandra Morris), Sunlight Resort (Joe Sims), Aspen Skiing Co. (Steve Rausch, Martha Rose), Aspen Valley Ski Club (Susan Blakney and Jeff Kai) and pro athletes Chris Davenport, Chris Klug, Peter Olenick, Ted Davenport, Kiffor Berg, Doran Laybourn. Your contributions are inspirational; thank you!Nancy HeardBasalt

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