LAKE COUNTY ” A snow-blanketed aisle lined densely with pines opens to a meadow on Tennessee Pass, breadth Willa Fischer’s parents buried a freshly-painted assurance on Saturday.
They drank hot amber and reflected ” with about 12 accompany and ancestors associates ” on the activity of their three-year-old taken by blight aftermost June.
“Willa’s Way,” an average aisle arch to the Tennessee Canyon Cookhouse, was committed with a “Winnie The Pooh” access and some blessed thoughts.
“She admired spending time up here, admired actuality outside,” said Stacy Fischer, Willa’s mother. “She had so abundant joy in her activity and she never, never let annihilation that happened to her get her down.”
Willa had been diagnosed in June 2007 with a anatomy of blight involving a bump in her head. Her father, Henry Fischer, said she responded able-bodied to the eight-to-nine months of radiation and chemotherapy, but didn’t cull through.
“She had a acceptable year, though,” he said.
After Willa passed, a brace of ancestors accompany ” Rachel and Bill Farrett ” wrote a letter to the Tennessee Canyon Nordic Center inquiring of a aisle dedication.
Nordic Center co-owners Ty and Roxanne Hall absitively to change “Bill’s Trail” to “Willa’s Way,” for it leads to the Cookhouse, breadth the Fischers were affiliated in 2001.
The Fischers, both centralized anesthetic physicians from the Denver area, own a abode abreast the pass. Stacy said Willa abnormally enjoyed spending time in Leadville.
“Leadville was a actual appropriate abode for her. She arresting it ‘Leb-ville’ ” ‘I wanna go to Leb-ville,’” she said. “She aloof had this admirable spirit.”
The ancestors would booty hikes and walks, sometimes towing Willa in a Chariot abaft skis.
“Last winter, alike in the bosom of all her treatment, she got decline skis on,” Stacy said. “She admired it, aloof admired it.”
Sometimes Willa and a acquaintance from Leadville would ride on a sled pulled by a German shepherd.
The Fischers said there will anon be a website founded in Willa’s account as a fundraiser for the Raymond Wentz Foundation ” which provides banking and affecting abutment to bodies diagnosed with cancer.
Henry said advocacy in such Colorado cycling contest as the Iron Horse and the Triple Bypass could conceivably be acclimated to advice accession money.
Ty Hall said it will be abundant to one day see the ancestors skiing “Willa’s Way.”
“We’re absolutely blessed to do it,” he said. “Especially to advice them with what they’ve been activity through ” and alike added so aback they appear out actuality … It will be absolutely agitative to see Harper appear alfresco and ski it, you know, aback she gets old enough.”
Henry Fischer said Willa admired Winnie the Pooh.
Rachel Farrett fought aback tears as she apprehend from “The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh,” by A. A. Milne which included:
“Pooh, affiance you won’t balloon about me, ever. Not alike aback I’m a hundred,’ said Christopher Robin.
Pooh anticipation for a little while. ‘How old shall I be then?’