Opinion: Las Patronas gift recipient pays it forward

Terrance E. Starr

Redding, Calif.

On a recent trip to San Diego I read an article about the Las Patronas Jewel Ball.

I am writing to express my gratitude for something Las Patronas did for me 55 years ago. At that time I had just graduated from LJHS and was attending SDSU. I was 19 years old. I was working for Dr. Puterbaugh at the La Jolla Veterinary Hospital.

A blood clot formed in my leg and I ended up in the old Scripps Hospital. Complications kept me in the hospital for six months until July 1956. I had no medical insurance. Las Patronas paid for my hospital stay and I remain through all these years, thankful to them.

While I am still a paraplegic, I have lived an active life, have great children and have enjoyed a successful career as a probation officer.

I can only wonder what my fate might have been without the help Las Patronas gave me in 1956. I was also fortunate to be the recipient of the generosity of Bob and Amelia Hermann of La Jolla, who paid for my physical therapy while in the hospital and for years following. In addition, the Hermanns paid my tuition at SDSU for the remainder of my education there. I graduated from SDSU in 1961. I still maintain my friendships with my classmates from the LJHS class of 9154, particularly Ed Magee.

I want to thank Las Patronas for their great work.

In all of our lives there are people who help us along the way. I am so very grateful for the help given to me at that crucial time in my life and I try to do my share of giving back every day.

   
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