‘Community That Cares' Is More Than A Slogan

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Listen to KRIM, Payson's public radio station, for any length of time and you're sure to hear one of a series of station identification spots done by local notables, all using the expression, "Community radio for a community that cares."

It's not that remarkable as those kinds of promotional spots go. Hyped radio promos have become so commonplace they tend to blend into the broadcast landscape.

There is a notable exception, in this case, however. Where the Rim country is concerned, it's really true.

Over and over again, Payson and the Rim country have proven to be exactly what the radio spots say -- a community that cares. The latest example can be found in a thank-you letter in this issue from Amy von Somogyi.

Amy, you will recall, is the community activist who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. As she began the first round of chemotherapy in what appears to be a protracted fight, friends rallied to raise money to help pay the family's considerable medical bills.

The first event was a bake sale and raffle at Safeway -- an activity that typically raises a few hundred bucks. Not here -- not in a community that cares.

When it unfolded, the event took on all the trappings of a county fair, according to Su Connell, director of the Rim Country Literacy Program, one of the places where Amy volunteers.

The event was packed, and many, many people just made cash donations as they walked by. When the day was over, $1,850 had been raised -- at a bake sale.

Now Amy needs a bone marrow transplant. When none of her family members proved a match, her friends rallied once again.

On Saturday, Dec. 20, a bone marrow donor drive will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Payson Regional Senior Circle. It's Amy's birthday, so birthday cake will be served to all who participate.

While the chances of finding a match in Payson are slim, you could very well end up saving somebody else's life through the bone marrow donor bank. It's a great opportunity for the Rim country to once again demonstrate -- as it so often has -- that we are truly a community that cares.

We can't put it any better than Amy does in her letter:

"I know it's not like this everywhere. Payson is special because it is filled with special people."

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