Magazine article National Parks

Giving Back

Magazine article National Parks

Giving Back

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When I came to NPCA last November, my goal was to give back. After a long career in television programming, I thought I had a lot to offer. I didn't realize what I stood to gain.

I was in Zion when I got the phone call about my daughter, Kate. She had moved to Jackson Hole to teach and work on her master's degree at Teton Science School in Grand Teton National Park. But when she wasn't at the school, she was climbing or skiing or cycling. If it was outside, she was game. If it had an element of danger, so much the better.

Kate had been skiing when she hit a patch of ice and went down hard. Although she was wearing a helmet, the impact to her skull was severe. Also, it was her second recent concussion. She had been in a cycling accident a year earlier, and as I quickly learned, multiple concussions don't follow a simple arithmetic progression. With each injury, the brain damage is more substantial, and the effects last longer. …

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