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Readers say thanks

The Cody Brickell Memorial Blood Drive held on March 3 was a great success. Glenwood Springs High School donated the most blood in Saint Mary’s Hospital history for a high school blood drive, with well over 100 people actively participating.

The donations will allow at least 300 lives to be saved.

Without the assistance of the community, GSHS would never have been able to accomplish this feat. Therefore, the GSHS Student Council would like to thank the community for all of the support; it made an enormous impact.

Hopefully the results of this year will set a precedent for future years.

Ryan Erickson

GSHS Student Council

Glenwood Springs

Sometimes when you make an unselfish charitable donation to a nonprofit organization you wonder how the money is actually spent. I got to see an example of this recently when my 17-year-old grandson, Luke Nelson, got to attend the 2004 NFL Pro Bowl game in Hawaii. Luke was diagnosed at 2 with a severe chronic kidney problem, one that would eventually require kidney dialysis, and he ultimately received a kidney transplant from my own son, Don, who is Luke’s father.

Because of Luke’s lifelong renal failure, his doctors at the UCSF Medical Center submitted his name to the local chapter of “Make A Wish,” a wonderful national organization that makes wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses.

A representative of the “Make A Wish” foundation interviewed Luke at his home in Knightsen, Calif. Luke thought about this for a long time, and decided he wanted to see the NFL Pro Bowl game and get some NFL players’ autographs, which he did get.

A limo transported them to the airport for a chartered flight to Hawaii for an expense-paid seven-day trip.

And what a game it was, the highest scoring game in Pro Bowl history with the NFC coming back from three touchdowns behind to win, 55-52.

Thank you, “Make A Wish” foundation, for what you do to brighten the day of some of the bravest kids in our country. I now know where my donated money goes.

Linda Nelson


On behalf of the Glenwood Springs High School track and field program, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the many community members and local businesses that made our spaghetti dinner and silent auction a huge success.

Countless individuals, restaurants, merchants and shops in the Glenwood Springs area donated services and gifts as auction items and the generosity is genuinely appreciated by the athletes and coaches involved with Demon track.

To the parents and friends that attended the fund-raiser, another huge thank-you. Support such as yours is an essential ingredient for a quality program. We are fortunate. Go Demons!


Blake Risner

Glenwood Springs

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