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Time to buddy up

Dear Editor:I moved to the valley three years ago to work for Aspen Skiing Company. Although I am a Colorado native with most of my family still in Denver, I felt disconnected from them, especially my 11-year-old brother Emery. Having a kid in your life, whether he or she is related to you or not, adds something that no adult can, and I wanted to find something to fill that need for me in Aspen.I learned of The Buddy Program through co-workers and jumped on board immediately. I was incredibly impressed by the staff and their true desire to make these kids happy. Their wish to match adults with the appropriate kid is genuine and thoughtful, with the intention that both adult and child will get the most out of the new relationship. After my interview session, I was paired with Sydney, a great 11-year-old girl from El Jebel. Syd and I have had a lot of fun together, and having her as a part of my life in Aspen has certainly helped me and I hope I have helped her.Whether you feel that you’d like a buddy in your life, or just want to contribute in a small way, The Buddy Program is an incredible outlet to do just that. The week of July 4 is a busy time in Aspen with a number of opportunities to volunteer for either Boogie’s Diner 5 Mile Race or Boogie’s Bash for the Buddies. I will be volunteering at the Bash on Thursday night and hope to see some of you out there supporting this very worthy and rewarding cause.Kristin RustAspen

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