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Letter: In the name of love


In the name of love

Dear Editor:

I am writing on behalf of a long time, treasured, adored, local, Sean Groover. (Actually, he knows not what I am up to here, and I wrestled with this notion, briefly.)

As many of you who know Sean, know that he has been battling Stage 4 cancer for a couple of years now. He has been brave, noble, courageous, and quite frankly a warrior who has beaten more than a few odds.

Sean is struggling tremendously of late. His sisters asked if I would reach out to his Aspen/Roaring Fork Valley family and ask for thoughts and prayers. I am going a step further and requesting a little more effort. I have written get-well cards, cheer-up cards and love ditties to my dear friend throughout his journey. Both he and his sisters mentioned how much this has meant to him. At times, it was his saving grace. There is something about a tactile and tangible thought held in one’s hand which reaches their heart. I am asking that this valley (whether you know Sean personally or not,) send him a card. Lift this dear man’s spirit. The power of prayer is immense, and the power of love more so.

Sean needs us now more than ever. If nothing else, soothe Sean’s pain, if only for a moment. I have worked in hospice and with more than a few clients battling terminal illness. It is an arduous, terrifying, painful, and incredibly lonely journey, and one that is soothed and softened (if not out and out healed) by the power of love. I am asking that this community reach out to our old friend. Send cards, letters, greetings, gifts, wildflowers, photos of trout (he’s a fly-fisherman) photos of Aspen Mountain (he’s a hang-glider pilot). Hell, send a love-note written on a brown bag from Clark’s Market. Just do it, please. Sean needs love now.

Sean Groover

c/o Shannon Stroobandt

1516 184th NE

Bellevue, WA 98008

Hillary K. Maley


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