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September 02, 2002
To Christine Coombs & Family-

We had the pleasure to get to know your husband, this beautiful, life-affirming man on the Colorado River in May of last year. During the eight day raft trip through the Grand Canyon, Jeff was a constant source of humorous entertainment, education, and fun. His vivid and colorful story-telling kept us in stitches for hours, and he was always the first to step in and help others. His love and respect of the outdoors, especially the Canyon, was evident the moment we met him.

We wanted to attend the memorial service held in Abington; instead, we opted to attend Team Leader training for the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Massage Emergency Response Team (MERT) held on the same weekend. My wife Karen and I felt we needed to do something to help, someway to contribute to the then rescue, and later, recovery operations at Ground Zero. We dedicated our time at the sacred site to Jeff, feeling that he would have wanted to do the same, something to help others. He was indeed our guiding light and strength at times, especially when we would brace ourselves for the emotional fallout of the workers coming in from the "pit" for a few minutes of relief in our massage chairs.

Repsite One was American Red Cross' highly efficient rejuvination station, where Ground Zero workers could get a hot meal, nap in a cot, watch TV, stay in touch with family and friends via computers, receive first aid, supplies, mental health assistance, and of course, seated chair massage. We felt so fortunate to be in a trade where we could help others in this time of crisis.

Our intent was to write you much sooner; we would love to handwrite a letter to your children to illustrate the experience we shared with their wonderful father while on the river. We talk about "Flat Darla" and butt dams with fondness, but also feel sadness because of our missing friend. We think about you often, we pray for healing for you and your children. Jeff's legacy lives in our hearts and, we are sure, in the energy of the Grand Canyon.

In Light and Love,

Arnette Hunter
Karen and Keith Lee
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