Your heart-tugging story about the plight of Summer Autio, “Local yoga teacher gets support in cancer battle” (Sept. 17, 2010) was a notable service not only to the lady but, projecting my own perceptions, to all of your readers.
I read the story not knowing the lady or anything about her, but after I did her many years of inspiring others, her present plight and the accompanying photo of her beaming face haunted me until it occurred to me why I couldn’t get her out of my mind. Yet I’ll never know why it took two days for me to realize what I had to do, which was to make a contribution to the fund that has been set up expressly for Summer Autio.
Having done so, I’m finding that it wasn’t enough. I must do whatever more I can, starting with this letter so that hopefully hundreds more like me will do all that they can do, and that The Coast News will do follow-up stories on a continuing basis until one of the most inspiring and resultful stories ever chronicled in its pages has the happy ending that it more than deserves to have.
I salute you for bringing the story of Summer Autio to the attention of the community, but most of all I salute Summer Autio for all that she has done for so many and especially for what she is continuing to do with undiminished passion and enthusiasm despite the extreme difficulty of her present situation, which is more than physical because the bills are mounting to staggering and ever-greater proportions by the day.
The aptly named Summer has been inspiring thousands of appreciative others to be all that they can be for more than 20 years, but I submit that it is now our turn, regardless of whether we ever knew her or even heard of her, to be the best that we can be.
Make a tax-deductible contribution to the Soul of Yoga Foundation, 627 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024. You can also call (760) 943-7685 for info or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Or e-mail Summer direct by visiting her informative website at www.theinnerhouse.us.
From my own experience I can assure everyone reading this: it will be one of the most rewarding investments you ever made, if not the most.
Jim Donovan is a Del Mar resident.