Sunday, January 07, 2007

A colleague's tragedy

Hi everyone:

As you know, Patty's work colleagues (among so many others) have time and again assumed the role of guardian angel to our family. Some of the generosity and kindness has come from those who know Patty well; in other cases, we are finding we have dear friends we have yet to meet. In some cases, our protectors are stepping in not so much because they know (or know of) Patty, but because one of our children has left a positive impression. We also know that our kids have been influenced in a very positive fashion by many teachers who have helped them along the way.

When Kelly came home on her first day of school after the holiday break, she was clearly unsettled by news she had heard earlier that day. Sandy Campanaro, a teacher at Kelly's school, lost her husband Frank and daughter Olivia in a car accident on December 27. Ms. Campanaro's other daughter Alex was injured but thankfully is expected to make a full physical recovery.

Although Ms. Campanaro has never been Kelly's teacher, she nonetheless left a strong impression on Kelly as being a kind and warm person. It's hard to imagine events that could be any more tragic and unfair. Please include this family in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to make a contribution to help the family, a fund has been established at the following bank:

“The Sandra Campanaro Family” Fund - Oswego Community Bank
Oswego Community Bank
10 S. Madison Street
Oswego, IL 60543


Oswego Community Bank
Boulder Hill Branch
89 Boulder Hill Pass
Montgomery, IL 60538


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