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Kudos & Kindness

Thanks for helping with cost of prosthetic leg

Thank you everyone, thank you over and over again. Over the course of a person’s life there are precious few opportunities to hear and discover how much you mean to people that are important to you. Even fewer are tangible items that serve as a daily reminder of your value to your community. I feel incredibly privileged to have received both.

When I was 19 years old I faced mortality for the first time. Fortunately I was given a choice to essentially trade my right leg for the privilege to breathe. From that point I elected to prove that it was not a mistake, I lived joyfully and without fear, constantly accepting challenges. I soon discovered that my determination despite a visible encumbrance provided inspiration for others. This impact on lives, especially wrestlers that I coached, became my sole purpose. I willingly and exuberantly put in many long hours. Unfortunately I was using a rapidly deteriorating prosthetic and I ignored the signs of wear on the rest of my body. My prosthetic leg broke, causing me to severely injure my foot. I felt hopeless and desperate; my insurance would not cover a new one and the cost was prohibitive. For the first time in over a decade I felt deflated lying in pain in my bed immobile, questioning my self-worth and fearing the future.

Just like a fighter who has been knocked unconscious I was shaken awake looking up at familiar and concerned faces. Repeatedly I was reminded how my absence was felt. The uplifting did not stop there as a fundraiser was organized and the goal was reached weeks earlier than the anticipated goal.

Less than a year after feeling as low as I can imagine, my cheeks now hurt from smiling so much. My new leg fits like a glove and walks like a dream. I sincerely wish everyone could feel this boundless, irresistible happiness. It makes my eyes water when I put it on and remember how long I used my old poorly fit, untrustworthy prosthetic. This leg instantly and dramatically improves my quality of life. On the socket I have put the names of donors, helpers and other reminders that this was the product of the kindness of many people. Already it has proven to be an unrivaled motivator. You can expect to see a wiser, happier, and more enthusiastic helpful version of me. I cannot express my gratitude with words alone. I am not sure I deserve it but I intend to prove it was worth. Thank you again. This is by far the most precious gift I have ever received, both spiritually and physically.

Ryan Wallace

South Lake Tahoe

Thank you for supporting Tahoe Arts Project

Bueno Kettlesen of Bert’s Café recently hosted a Spaghetti Night fundraiser for Tahoe Arts Project. It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by many. All of us at Tahoe Arts Project would like to thank Bueno and the cooks at Bert’s for helping to make this fundraiser a success. The spaghetti was delicious! A big thank you to all of you who had dinner with us that evening and to the volunteers and TAP board members who served our guests. Tahoe Arts Project is a nonprofit organization that brings professional performing arts into the schools and community of South Lake Tahoe. Event proceeds will benefit over 4,500 K-12th grade students who see our programs. If you would like to know how you can support Tahoe Arts Project, please call 530-542-3632.

Peggy Thompson

Executive Director Tahoe Arts Project

Second Serving, local food program celebrates fifth year

The fifth anniversary of “Second Serving,” a meal of soup and bread for the community’s less fortunate is being observed Friday, May 16. Every Friday since 2009 guests at the Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church have been served soup generously donated by numerous area restaurants and bread every week from Lake Tahoe Pizza Company. Second Serving is an extension of the Bread and Broth Program of St. Theresa Church in South Lake Tahoe, where volunteers who serve a hot cooked meal every Monday also prepare pastas and sandwiches to accompany the Friday fare.

The organizers would like to thank the participating restaurants and acknowledge their generosity while encouraging area residents to patronize these community-minded supporters:

Lake Tahoe Pizza, Levon Touryan; Freshies – Erik & Melodie Ulman; Wildman Café – Rami Merrikh; Blue Angel Café – Rosie Cowen & Glenn Simpson; Café Fiore – Nick& Shandi Ashmore; Fresh Ketch – Bill Blair; Nepheles – Tim Halloran & Mark Vassau; Ridge Tahoe – Steffen Moise; Riva Grill- Scott Craig; Rockwater Grill – Keith Simpson; and Teps Villa Roma – Sheldon & Dan Tepper.

Diane L. Weidinger

Master Gardener

Thanks for hosting Wedding-Honeymoon meeting

Big thanks to Michael Murphy for hosting the May 7 monthly meeting of the South Lake Tahoe Wedding & Honeymoon Association in the nifty new 2nd Floor LakeviewLoft.com Special Events Center (Stateline). The 30 people who attended this event enjoyed a picturesque sunset view overlooking Edgewood Golf Course, while savoring scrumptious assorted gourmet appetizers generously donated by Chef David Mullen and his ExquisiteGrill.com (SLT). More info on this event and how to join the Wedding Association at http://www.TahoeWeddings.org.”

Robert Taylor

South Lake Tahoe Wedding & Honeymoon Association

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