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City pulled through in time of need

When the phone rings in the middle of the night, it usually brings bad news. Sadly, that was the case in the early morning hours of Jan. — when we received the news about our precious nephews Nick and Max Gordon.

These are two truly good young men (just like their parents) who capture your heart the first time you meet them. With our hearts breaking, we made the arrangements to get from Colorado to Oregon as quickly as possible.

This wonderful family needed our support and we were not going to let them down. However before we ever arrived, the community of Ashland had already banded together to create a support system for the Gordon family.

Teammates, classmates, coaches, friends and even strangers pulled together to do anything they could for Stan, Michelle, Max and our family. While Max stubbornly fought his way out of the ICU and we mourned the devastating loss of Nick, the community adopted the rest of the family as if we were their own. Hot, fresh meals were delivered to the Gordon house every day as well as flowers, snacks, and an abundance of prayers and well wishes. Even an opposing baseball team sent Max a huge basket to cheer his return to health (and the baseball field).

I know Stan, Michelle and Max deeply appreciate the support they have received but the grandparents, uncles, and aunt of Max and Nick Gordon will be eternally grateful to the Ashland community for the love, support and caring they have shown to our family in this very difficult time.

When we leave Oregon to head home we will rest assured that our family will continue to be well taken care of by this incredible Ashland community.

We cannot possibly thank you all enough for your support of the Gordon family whom we love so dearly!

Helena and Ron Caya

Norman McPhail

Earl and Joan Caya

Arvada, Colo.

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