10/11/2012 3:00:00 PM Letters To The Editor 10-11-12
To the Editor:
How exciting is it to be watching the students from Switzerland County represent their school? They give pride to all of the citizens within our county no matter what they are participating in. But one group I believe that gets overlooked and shouldn't is the band.
No one understands how much time and energy they put into their practices to get as good as they are if you aren't a band member, a parent, grandparent or director.
I was a band member student for nine years in Switzerland County. It is part skill that's taught and part gift to some. I absolutely loved every minute of band and no, we are not nerds. Ha Ha. It's a talent.
Going to Seymour on Saturday, October 6th, to watch my granddaughter Alysa march was my goal. Little did I know that the crowd would be as excited as I was. They were asking me where we were from and what was our director's name. Did I have a child marching. Oh, how wonderful the performance was, and on. I was amazed.
Switzerland County has one of the most talented Band Directors that I have ever had the privilege to know. We are very fortunate to have her. I thought you should know this. They took first place.
Congrats Switzerland County.
To the Editor:
He was a normal three year old, had the normal teething pain that babies and toddlers go through once in a while a cold, never had a high temp or ear infection that so often happen during the first years of life.
I am talking about our grandson, Gavin Craig, our sweet angel, who was recently, in June of this year, diagnosed at three years old with Leukemia.
Just like that, we were in the ER at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis, our family's lives were changed in an instant. It was devastating to say the least, Leukemia, how can this be? This couldn't be real, could it? Surely they have made a mistake, this must be the wrong diagnosis. How can this be happening to this precious child? It was like we were walking through a nightmare and wishing that someone would wake us up. But, it wasn't a nightmare, it was real.
Gavin's mother and dad are Julie Spurlock Craig and Brian Craig, childhood best friends and sweethearts who attended Switzerland County Schools and lived most of their lives here. Grandparents are Randy and Chris Craig and Charlie and Vicky Spurlock. Many of both sides of their families still live in Switzerland County and surrounding areas, and Julie and Brian have many friends and relatives here and when they come for a visit we have always heard them say that they want to come back "home" to live. We always wondered why in the world they would want to come back to rural Switzerland County, they have so many opportunities in the "big city" of Indianapolis and Fishers. What are they thinkin'?
Well, since this has happened, we know why they want to come back "home."
We said all of this to say that we are so very humbled and overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers, concern, personal visits, donations, benefits, gifts, kindnesses, words of encouragement, etc., etc. We as a family have never experienced an outpouring of love like this . . . . We only wish that we could say this to each one of you personally, and so through writing this, we want you to know that we humbly thank each and every one of you, (some of you live in the Indianapolis, Columbus, Lawrenceburg, Madison and Kentucky areas and have roots in Switzerland County) and we sincerely appreciate the part that you have played in this battle with cancer that Gavin is fighting. We have seen so many miracles that the Lord has performed in Gavin's life already.
Gavin recently turned four years old, and he is continuing with chemo treatments. Beginning this month, he will undergo more intense treatments, his journey is not over yet, he has a long way to go. Please continue to be in prayer for him. We are trusting God for Gavin's complete healing. We just want the friends, family, co-workers and community of Switzerland County to know just how thankful we are for you. You have eased the burden that is before us by being there for us and continuing to support and be an encouragement to our family and especially to Gavin.