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The power of community

Dear Editor:When one moves from the big city to this valley as many of us have done, there is no reference for the immense magnitude of kindness and compassion that a small town community is capable of. So in regarding the recent Jam for Jasper held Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Cantina, all I can say is wow! Our community created an energy that is a pure mountainous power of love.The turnout was amazing, the generosity was humbling, and it was not without great leadership. I wanted to extend my personal gratitude to Susanna Cyrus and Kathie Gibson for visualizing and spearheading this event and to the Cantina restaurant and staff for making it all possible. The teams that were created to oversee the music, silent auction, and donations worked harmoniously to provide a backdrop for the folks of this community to show their support for my stepson, Jasper Mountain Lecht.Due to the lateness of the event, many of those attending did not get to view the amazing interview of Jasper by his childhood buddy Jared Gibson. This piece could not have been scripted any better by a Hollywood writer as it is an honestly articulated story of the struggles of a young 24-year-old trying to defeat an insidious aggressive cancer. It provides us the opportunity to see Jasper as he was and as he is, and how this brave guy is dealing with it all.We will be making this DVD available shortly. Please e-mail me if you are interested at dblue@sopris.net.We live in a great and marvelous tiny piece of this planet, but the toxins from a myriad of polluters are nevertheless out there coming after our immune systems. There is no guarantee and no promise of tomorrow, just that energy and mountain of love.David BluefieldOld Snowmass