This special day was sponsored by Brian Freyermuth in honor of his wife, Amy Holden. Brian shared this incredibly moving message about today:
“For my wife, Amy. Life is what you make of your second chances. CSNW has given a priceless second chance to the Cle Elum Seven and I’m sure that everyone who follows the sanctuary, whether in person or online, revels in seeing the chimps take full advantage of their new start running and climbing on Young’s Hill, napping in the greenhouse or, with respect to Burrito, eating. I’ve sponsored today in honor of my wife of nearly 23 years, Amy Holden, who in late 2011 was diagnosed with a rare Stage 4 cancer that had metastasized from her sinuses to her spine and lung. After a scary 2012, Amy has been five years cancer free (or, in Boston-speak, “your oncologist is wicked bored with you now”). And like Burrito and the girls, Amy has embraced her second chance at life. Whether doting on her nieces and nephew, skiing in Maine, Montana and the Alaskan back country, kayaking Buzzards Bay, or just enjoying the quiet of her yard with a book, Amy takes full advantage of the beauty and opportunities that a new lease on life provides. Kind of like seven chimpanzees that we all know and love….”
Brian, we’re truly humbled by your gracious gift for Amy and the chimpanzees. And yes, like seven chimpanzees we all know and love, the beauty and inspiration of Amy and her story provides our hearts with so much reason for joy and gratitude.
Amy, we’re so happy and honored to celebrate with you today! The chimpanzees bring out something special in people. And when we’re lucky, when we’re paying attention, we get to see humans, like you, bring out something special in humans. Have a beautiful day, from all of us here at CSNW!