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NO. R-227.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the Stowe Weekend of Hope on its fifth anniversary.


Offered by:  Representative Marron of Stowe.

Offered by:  Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District

Whereas, cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States, and during 2005, it is estimated that 570,000 lives in this country will be lost to this disease, and

Whereas, despite this statistic, modern medical advances have raised the overall five-year postdiagnosis survival rate to 64 percent, and

Whereas, the Stowe Area Association, Fletcher Allen Health Care’s Division of Hematology and Oncology, and the Copley Hospital and Copley Health Systems and the Stowe Reporter are the primary organizations responsible for the Stowe Weekend of Hope, a unique opportunity for cancer survivors and their families to learn from physicians and other health care professionals about the latest medical breakthroughs and, for both the survivors and the community at large, to celebrate the life‑extending miracles these breakthroughs have made possible, and

Whereas, in 2005, the fifth annual Stowe Weekend of Hope occurred from April 28 through May 1, and 635 family members were provided complimentary lodging and meals and 100 of these guests arrived on a specially designated “Amtrak Train of Hope,” and

Whereas, 77 health care professionals spoke at the seminars and other forums and were able to engage in mutually beneficial discussions with the guests and other attendees, and

Whereas, an ecumenical candlelight service held at the Stowe Community Church was an especially meaningful event for all who participated, and also at the church, the Vermont Philharmonic played before an appreciative audience, and

Whereas, the opening ceremony took place at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Stowe, and the closing ceremony at the Trapp Family Lodge featuring many artistic performers, including Primitive Soul, Elisabeth von Trapp, Tammy Fletcher, Taryn Eisenberg, and Helena Sullivan’s dance group, and

Whereas, the primary event coordinator for the weekend’s activities was Nancy Jeffries-Dwyer; and Jo Sabel Courtney of the Stowe Area Association; Dr. Patti O’Brien of Fletcher Allen Health Care; Peter Wright, director of marketing for Copley Hospital; and Biddle Duke, publisher of the Stowe Reporter played major roles in the weekend’s success, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the Stowe Weekend of Hope on its fifth anniversary and wishes this worthy endeavor success in future years, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Nancy Jeffries‑Dwyer, Jo Sabel Courtney, Patti O’Brien, Peter Wright, and Biddle Duke.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont