October 14, 2009 - The Limb Preservation Foundation
What: 2009 4th Saving Limbs and Lives
Where: INVESCO Field at Mile High
When: Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Ticket Prices: Free
Beneficiary: The Limb Preservation Foundation
EMCEE: Matt McDonnell
Founders: Dr. Ross Wilkins and the late Dr. Tom Arganese
Executive Director: Kate Hunt
Committee Members: Marge Gehant, Jan Wilkins, Dr. Ross Wilkins
President(s): Dr. Ross Wilkins, President and Co-Founder of the Limb Peservation Foundation
Welcome: Matt McDonnell
Speaker: Dr. Ross Wilkins, Dr. Stewart Ryan, CSU Animal Cancer Center, Jennifer Fairfield and Dryfus, the St. Bernard; Katie Adamson, patient; Sarah Metsch, patient.
Catering: Epicurean Catering
Entertainment: Video created by Little Voices Productions, LLC
Sponsors: The Limb Preservation Foundation
Quote of the evening: Dr. Ross Wilkins, "We have helped more patients this year than ever before.. Quite an astonishment".
Menu: Assorted muffins, croissants, Danish & breakfast breads, lightly scrambled eggs with fresh snipped green onions, hash browns & maple syrup sausage links.
Attire: Business Casual
Board of Directors: Dr. Ross Wilkins, President, Mr. Larry Fine, Vice President, Mr. Bob Bruhn, Treasurer, Mr. Tom Cycyota, Secretary, Mrs. Marge Gehant, Mr. Tom Kresel, Mr. Tom Tucker, Mr. Steve Withrow, Mr. Doug Zehner, Dr. Bill Brown, Mr. D.C. Hoffman, Mr. Jim Martin, Mr. Matt McDonnell.
Blacktie Photos by: Jan McNutt
Tom Cycyota, left, Larry Fine, Dave Banzhof, Marge Gehant
At 7:30 a.m. the fog was dense and the temperature falling when 500 hundred supporters of The Limb Preservation Foundation arrived at INVESCO Field at Mile High for the 4th Annual Fundraising Breakfast entitled, "Saving Limbs and Lives Friend-raiser."
Dr. Ross Wilkins, President and Co-Founder of the Foundation started off the program with a sincere welcome to those who were in attendance. He emphasized the foundation's relevance for families needing support when going through treatment. He explained how LPF supplies assistance funds, gas cards, emergency distress funds, and additionally four annual $2,500, scholarships for patients wishing to continue their education.
Wilkins outlined the Foundation's work and it's value by saying that 1) physicians donate their time, 2) hospitals, specifically Presbyterian St. Lukes, take care of all patients, 3) research efforts at CSU benefits both human and canine patients, 4) the support of hundreds of volunteers.
Patients, including Dreyfus the dog, (represented by his owner Jennifer Fairfield), Katie Adamson and Sarah Metsch spoke eloquently and gratefully to the audience about the foundation and the strong support they've received. Each mentioned the endless research and attention from LPF given to them in their life struggles with cancer and disabilities. Each had overcome unspeakable obstacles and endured many operations and hardships. All three gave benevolent thanks to Dr. Ross Wilkins and The Limb Preservation Foundation for giving them life and limb back.
Sarah Metsch believes she would not be alive, let a lone standing on two feet if not for LPF and Dr. Ross Wilkins. In addition to her numerous surgeries and life long disabilities she had this to say on a cold, foggy morning, "I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I dance."
Each place setting included a LPF 2010 calendar. Dr. Wilkins, in conclusion of the program, reminded everyone it is the donations and support that make this all possible. He offered a profound sidebar and asked them to participate, "Please raise the calendars in front of you. Two of these patients will not survive. We need your help."
For more information about the Limb Preservation, log on to www.limbpreservation.org.