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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

June, 2007



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Dear West Marin Community
by Lynn Cerda Price, John Cerda and their families

Thank you so very much for your outpouring of love and encouragement for our Dad - long-time Inverness/Point Reyes Station resident, FRANK CERDA. Your letters recognizing the contributions he has made to the community, coupled with your sentiment that he be able to live out the rest of his days in the place he has called home for more than 40 years - these are words that we will cherish forever.
As you may know, "Ye Old Hippie," will be 94 years young on July 15. Although he is a tough old guy, a series of recent health issues have left him considerably weaker in body, mind and spirit. He will continue to need 'round-the-clock care from here on out.

As we know you do, we wish is that he be able to stay in his home. Dad is truly a people person, and it is getting out and about and socializing (or protesting) with all of you that really keep him going. As you might imagine, he's not a likely fit for a "SNF," (e.g. a skilled nursing facility - think wheelchair protest and overthrow of mean nurses).

But it is really going to "Take A Village" to keep Dad in Walnuit Place in Point Reyes Station. The wonderful In Home Support Services he receives through the County, along with monthly support from the two of us, plus very generous monthly contributions from his extended family --- The Shoemaker Clan; Wendy, Laurel, Dane, and Richard and Neyses ---still won't cover the salary of his new full-time caregiver, Harry.

So, we have swallowed our pride and established an account in Dad's name at the Bank of Petaluma in Point Reyes Station, called the "FRANK J. CERDA FUND." We would be honored to welcome your donation no matter how small. Monies contributed to this fund will be used solely to cover rank's caregiver's salary and any unused contributions will be returned.

Although Dad has always been poor in the pocketbook (you may have been one of the folks to which he proudly showed his bank statement with a checking account balance of five cents --- the ultimate goal being one cent), he has had a lifetime rich in the human experience.

Dad we are proud to say, has been generous to a fault. With only his social security to rely on for the last 32 years, he has shared his wealth every month. Whether it was for Planned Feralhood, the family who lost their granddaughter in a tragic accident, Manfred's fund, political action groups (surprise, surprise!), civil rights groups, or family members down on their luck or just plan celebrating, Dad has always given of his time, talent and treasure.

In closing, we think some of his generousness of spirit comes from living in Greater West Marin, a place where uniqueness and individual freedoms are honored, the power of the people who work together is valued, where family often doesn't mean bloodlines, where quirky folks are loved and the poor re offered help, where the cows are treated humanely and where the scenery is so beautiful it takes your breath away. For all this, and so much more, we thank you, and Dad thanks you. He is one helluva lucky guy!

Warmest regards,
Lynn Cerda Price, John Cerda and their families

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