The Skaters' Fund Exemplifies Teamwork • Fall 2009
Health Care Corner: Swine Flu-Nothing to sneeze at!
As the health consultant for the skates' Fund, I'm writing this from Disney World in Orlando where I'm surrounded by those at highest risk for Swine Flu. There are pregnant women and young children everywhere I turn! I'm surprised that Disney hasn't put hand sanitizer dispensers at all the parks since washing your hands or using a product like Purell really can help cut down on transmission. Here are a few things for all of us to remember that should help minimize risk:
If you are in one of the "high risk groups" for H1N1 get vaccinated now. The vaccine is safe. It is made the same way seasonal vaccines are made every year and it had the same amount of testing as seasonal vaccine.
Stay home if you are sick untal at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100° or 37.8° C) or signs of a fever (without the use of a fever reducing medicine, such as Tylenol®).
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way. Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your elbow-not your hands.
If you are a coach and teach children, keephand sanitizer in your skate bag, wear gloves and use hand sanitizer between lessons.
Good luck and stay well!-- Sandy Fetter For more information visit. www.flu.gov
A COACH AND THE FUND
One of the most
incredibly touching examples of teamwork was when USFS technical
specialist and former coach, Nancy Ruedebusch, called the Skaters’ Fund
to ask for financial assistance for her former student and world
medalist Natalie Seybold-Catron.
In the past few years Natalie
has had treatment for several benign brain tumors. In July 2007 her
insurance coverage ran out, and unfortunately she needed another
Nancy contacted the Skaters’ Fund to have an
application sent to Natalie. Shortly thereafter, Natalie returned a
completed application to the Fund and we were able to provide immediate
In addition, Nancy and her husband Jim
sponsored a fundraiser in Indianapolis for coaches, friends, and
officials. This fundraiser encouraged everyone to make a tax-
deductible contribution to the Skaters’ Fund. This enabled the Fund to
provide Natalie with additional financial assistance.
devotion to her former student is certainly an example of outstanding
teamwork. Happily, Natalie can now look forward to a bright future.
The Icing on the Cake
The sun has barely set on the 2009 Sun Valley seminar and here we are already planning for next year! Our 6th annual seminar / fundraiser is set for August 25, 2010. This ever popular event is for adult skaters of all ability levels. It is a 3-day fun filled event. Our internationally famous coaching staff oversees classes, seminars and even a student performance! On Saturday evening when the moon comes over the mountains, the spectacular ice show performed by our coaching staff, is simply the icing on the cake.
A PAIR OF TICKETS TO ANYONE WHO CONTRIBUTES $150 OR MORE
the 2010 star-studded season upon us, Smucker’s Stars on Ice is again
offering a pair of tickets to Skaters’ Fund contributors who give $150
or more during the year 2009.
Refer to www.starsonice.com
for the tour schedule and to find the show that is most convenient for
you. All seats are excellent, and located on the lower level. Please
tell us the performance you wish to attend when you send in your
contribution. Remember, the tickets make great gifts to family and
A FAN AND THE FUND
Ann Stillwell, a life-long
fan of figure skating and contributor to the Fund, died this past May.
In her will, Ann requested that two ladies’ watches be donated to the
Fund. They are a Rolex Danaos and a Concord Saratoga. These two watches
are now for sale. And the Skaters’ Fund will thus benefit.
If you are or anyone you know are interested in purchasing one or both, please call the Skaters’ Fund Office: 609.921.7377.
While every contributor is important to the Fund, this fall we would like to spotlight our new contributors:
Cook • Chuck Foster • Roger Glenn • Taffy Holliday • Richard Inskeep •
Glennace Cohen • Chip Ludlow • Ann Gerli • Charles Cyr • Nancy
Rudenbusch • Hal Marrow • Lucy Brennan • Patricia Hagen • Lorrie Parker
• Susan Murray • Wendy Enxmann • Jennifer Cashen • Sharon Wiggins •
Holly & John Cole • Joan Gruber • Benjamin Wright • Sherri Terando
• Kathleen McMillan • Kristie Yamaguchi • Andrea Chiappa • William
Fitzpatrick • Judy Owens- Garza • Ann Seror • Douglas Barr • Pam &
Tom Pangle • John Laveber • Kim Slack Heim • Heanne & Barry Doren •
Holly & David Kirby • Ida Tateoka • Douglas Williams • Linda Leaver
• Kathy Slack • Ann O’Keefe • Ellen Funk • Dian Murdock • Lynne Freeman
Lauer • Richard Perez • David Hamula • Jeff Di Gregorio • Janet
Carpenter • Catherine Horan • April Treado
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