I did. They got my email address when I sent a get well soon email.
My name is Garson Fields andTred Barta and I have been close friends for
more than forty years. We went to school together, were on the US Biathlon
Team together, have travelled extensively together, raised our families
together and, well... you get the picture.
Tred has been one of the pioneers of fishing "The Canyons" off Long Island,
been a leading advocate of "catch and release" fishing and hunting with long
bow and homemade arrows. He has spent most of his adult life promoting youth
participation in both hunting and fishing while emphasizing sportsmanship
along with responsible stewardship principles.
Over the past 20 years, Tred has raised close to $2,000,000 to help
underprivileged youngsters participate in these sports. All of this he has
done the "Barta Way," never the easy way.
Today, Tred needs the help of all of his friends and fans.
As most of you know, Tred has suffered a spinal stroke, (transverse
myelitis, which is very rare) leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.
What most of you don't know is that this stroke was probably caused by
another very rare disease Tred has, a blood cancer called Waldenström's
(Waldenström's macroglobulienemia to be precise).
As you can imagine, the cost of Tred's hospitalization and treatment for
both conditions and future rehabilitation is enormous. His medical insurance
covers only a fraction of the total expenses. So I am asking you to join me
and Tred's and Anni's other friends and supporters to help this important
sportsman -- who has given so much to so many -- by giving Tred a
contribution to help him heal.
Two organizations have been established to receive your donations and
contributions: Anni & Tred Barta Medical Fund at Wells Fargo Bank, PO Box
567, Eagle, CO 81631, Account #:8990-772-827; Phone: 970-328-6361. Or a tax
deductible contribution can be made for Tred Barta at the Vail Valley
Charitable Fund, PO Box 1275, Avon, CO 81620, 970-926-9795. Or donate
directly online by credit card at www.vvcf.org
. Again be sure to note for
Tred Barta. All proceeds will go directly towards Tred's medical expenses.
Tred needs the help from your contributions. Many hands make the load
easier, so every little bit helps Tred reach his goal to recovery as
quickly as possible.
I talk to Tred and Anni daily and I assure you that they are attacking this
challenge the "Barta Way" and Tred, Anni and I sincerely appreciate your
kindness and generosity and thank you whole-heartedly for your help.
Friend of Tred