Heartfelt 'thanks' for help during trying timeArticle from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 18, April 29, 2003To the editor:I tried to think of an appropriate way to start this; however, it seems impossible to put into words the heartfelt thanks and appreciation I owe to my co-workers – more appropriately put friends. When first starting my career in Corrections I was told it would be like a small community. I never comprehended that it would be more like an extended family.My husband has had to go into the hospital for a kidney transplant. This has been a long road of waiting forthe qualifying numbers to be there in order for his transplant to be approved by strict guidelines. At work there was constantly the kindness of everyone in asking how everything was going. I could only tell them for the longest time ÷ not yet. When I was able to tell them that we had been given a date everyone was overjoyed for us.My husband and I have been blessed with a wonderful, loving, and supportive family. David's youngest sister was the donor for this wonderful life-giving gift; this was such a selfless act. We consider ourselves to be among the luckiest people for the chance of David getting better.The co-workers and staff at the facilities were there for us in so many ways. They volunteered their sick time and vacation time for me to be able to use when what I had ran out. This in itself was such a precious gift. Since David's transplant we will have to go to Portland twice a week for a month in order to watch the medication levels and functioning of his new kidney. Our son,Devon, had re-adjusting to do after David's transplant and I am so grateful I have been able to be there for him as well.My friends at work not only gave me time they also had put together a collection for us. We had to stay in Portland at a hotel near the hospital. My friends had taken care of a couple nights stay at the hotel. The rest of the money has helped with so many details of this process. We were overwhelmed at the generosity that was outpouring.How do we ever thank these wonderful people enough? Working with such caring individuals has made me feel like one of the luckiest people. Thank you everyone at Mountain View Youth Development Center and Charleston Correctional Facility !Edwina, David and Devon StroutNOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.