Re "Ski runs boost disabled vets' confidence," (Our Region, April 6):
Today's amputees benefit from locals who "paved the slopes" decades ago. In the 1950s, Soda Springs Ski School trained wounded infantrymen. In 1963, these slopes were conquered by my brother, Eric Jones, 16, skiing masterfully with a regular ski on his remaining leg and poles with short skis. Instructors stated he added new impetus to the program due to his personality and positive attitude.
Eric then taught those crippled by polio, MS and other diseases. He succumbed to a rare cancer shortly thereafter.
In rereading yellowed news clippings, I learned something new about my brother. Pieces of the tumor that claimed Eric's life were used in a transplant procedure successful only once before. It's not a miracle that today's wounded are skiing or that cures for some cancers now exist. These triumphs result from pioneers trying something new, succeeding, and sharing knowledge to help others.
-- Deborah Jones, Woodland