A place where community matters

I was appreciative of the counselors who offered to sit with me in the waiting room while Dad was undergoing surgery. You respected my need for privacy so that I could call my family in Massachusetts, and understood why I declined your services.

I will be forever in debt to the team of doctors and nurses who performed the surgery on Dads torn aorta. What you did was nothing short of a miracle and I thank you for saving his life. In the weeks that followed, I was so grateful for the excellent care my father received by each and every one of you in the ICU. You were such a comfort to him and to my family.

Many thanks to the social workers who took the time to listen to my fathers wishes with regards to where he wanted to be placed for rehabilitation. The facility he was transported to in Massachusetts, is a place he is very familiar with. He spent the latter part of 2006 there, each and every day, while his beloved wife, and my stepmother, was dying of cancer.

To my dearest and closest friends, I thank you too. Many of you sat on the phone with me that night while Dad was in surgery. Some of you watched my son Ryan so that I could get back and forth to the hospital in the weeks that followed. And some of you simply sent a card, an email, or took the time to call. None of it will ever be forgotten.

Last, but not least, I want to thank Ron Germond and his wife Melissa. I did not realize that anyone else had been injured in the accident until I contacted the police department a week later. At that time, I was given Rons name and a business number to contact him at. Ron was kind enough to return my call and speak with me about the unfortunate incident. He had suffered injuries on that day as well, but when people were approaching him and offering their aid, he directed them to my father. He thought more of my Dads needs and less of his own. Throughout our conversation, he gave me that same courtesy. Shortly after the day we spoke, my husband and I received a card from Ron and his wife Melissa. They told me they were praying for my Dads recovery.

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