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Posted on Feb 8, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Newsletter #23 – A note that pretty much says it…..

Newsletter #23 – A note that pretty much says it…..

A note from Mark Litynski, the Marine that lost both legs and his lower left arm in combat 3 years ago, following the January 25-28 STARS Ski Camp at Steamboat Springs. Mark is now a pretty good snowboarder.

Dear STARS Program Donors, Volunteers, and Staff

I want to thank you for the hospitality and generosity you have shown myself as well as the rest of the veterans and our families during our trip to Steamboat Ski Resort.  Both my friend Scott, who attended the event as my caregiver, and I were awe-struck by the accommodations.  It was a remarkable experience that we will never forget.  This selfless act of kindness that you men and women have demonstrated, do so much more for us than the obvious of providing us a wonderful time on the mountain.  I think I speak for all veterans when I say that these acts of love and support give us a renewed sense of pride and worth in what we have done.  Trips such as this shift our attention from what we may view as no longer possible to what is possible, providing us with an ever increasingly optimistic view of our futures; and for that ladies and gentlemen, no words will ever be enough.  I am truly humbled by your generosity.

Sincerely,

Mark Litynski

 Here is Mark adjusting his snow board.

 

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Posted on Feb 7, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Newsletter #22 – Steamboat Three Day Ski Camp

Greetings,

The 3 day Ski Camp at Steamboat Springs last weekend was a great success, a great gain for the Warriors. We were hosted royally. Billy Kidd got us into this great connection with STARS. STARS is highly organized and welcoming, and the Camp was conducted without any hitches, in spite of the complexity of the Camp. STARS organized lodging in great condominiums at the area for 24 participants, full breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and ski gear and clothes and lift tickets, and assigned the local volunteer instructors very well matched to each of the small groups..

The Friday evening buffet was great prime rib, trout, BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken, all the condiments and dishes, a great desert table (pictures attached). This was hosted at the top of the Gondola, and included a live band. Saturday dinner was downtown at the Smokehouse, and featured a film on disabled skiing shot by Warren Miller’s son and Producer Matt Feeney who presided over the showing. Sunday dinner was also great, with motivational ex-combat speakers Robi Powers and Sal Gonzales.

Billy Kidd skied some of the Warriors and attended the breakfasts and dinners. The weather was fantastic, -20 F the week before, but +20F for our Camp.

The days on the slopes ended with broad smiles on tired faces. It is inspiring to see what these Warriors get out of such an experience, the boost they get out of overcoming this physical challenge. Some did not want the Camp to end.

STARS is offering to furnish lift tickets and ski gear free to any Warriors and families and caregivers that want to return to Steamboat to ski in the future. We owe them great thanks.

I am attaching some pictures of the outing.

STARS is offering to make this an annual event, so we now have an activity on the opposite of the calendar from the whitewater trips, hopefully to keep up a momentum of healing. And STARS is offering us a summer camp in August to include camping, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and other outdoor summer activities.

We are booked to launch the whitewater trips through Canyonlands National Park on the Colorado River, Moab to Lake Powell, on June 6 and June 13. We will bunk in in Moab at the Aarchway the evening before the launches, and will stay at the Red Cliffs Lodge the day we get off the river. A fantastic setting,www.RedCliffsLodge.com, take a look. If you ever want a great place to stay near Moab………..

Best regards, Thanks for all of your support. We are growing in a nice way.

Fred

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