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Please help James

Dear Editor:All of us at Lather Salon would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the James Downing Fund within the last two weeks or had an appointment on Saturday, March 19, for our fund-raiser. You have not only helped us reach our goal, but exceed it!For those of you who do not know, James was diagnosed in February with stage four Lymphoma. He has been a resident of Aspen for over six years, and now is going back home to Michigan with his mother (a retired oncologist nurse). He is currently receiving aggressive treatment and we are hopeful for a a terrific outcome. He is doing as well as can be expected; and still makes us laugh when we speak to him. He appreciates all the cards he has received and all the prayers being sent his way.James, due to bad timing, is without medical insurance. Our fund-raiser, while successful, is only a drop in the bucket compared to his medical expenses. If you would like to donate to James, there is an Alpine Bank account set up in his name. You are also welcome to drop it off at Lather or call for his address directly.On behalf of James, thank you so very much.Nikki StephensNew CastleRomana AshcroftCarbondale


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