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By Linda — Mar 14, 2014 11:26am

Hi Matt,

Well, one year later, you are not the same person, but neither are any of us who have traveled this journey with you, Brooke, Jim and Gayle and all the Dudley brothers.  Not only have you changed your own life and outlook, you certainly have changed mine and that of the Weber brothers.  My sense of humility has been greatly enhanced and I cherish every minute I am alive and well. 

I have an eleven year old cousin, Jakob, who has now conquered cancer for the second time in his young life.  I have followed his journey through a special Facebook page and many contacts with his grandparents, my aunt and uncle. 

I am a volunteer ski instructor for our STARS (Steamboat adaptive Recreational Sports) program.  We just finished a week with the Sunshine Kids, 24 children and young adults who are cancer survivors.  I had the privilege of teaching two college-aged young women ( who had probably never seen a ski   before!!) to ski.  It was remarkable and heartwarming to see them  be able to independently ski down a slope..... with courage and confidence.  And, as childhood cancer survivors,  they now see their bright futures defined by those very feelings.

And what I have learned from you, Jokob and the Sunshine Kids will nurture me for a very long time.

You have appreciated and thanked us enough.  I thank you for sharing your life with all of us this past year.  I still think you should heed Holly's suggestion and write that book!! 

You will always be a significant part of Steamboat and we will welcome you home when you, Brooke and the little Dudley brothers can return.

Warmest Wishes,   Linda