Hey Spike! welcomes back Pastor Bruce Miles | SummitDaily.com

Hey Spike! welcomes back Pastor Bruce Miles

Donna and Pastor Bruce Miles

Some days, it’s tough to find good news just about anywhere. Here’s some, dear readers.Bruce Miles, the longtime Rocky Mountain Bible Church’s senior pastor, is making a remarkable recovery from a liver transplant operation in mid-January at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver.His ordeal had lasted a little over a decade, and finally, right near the end for the 59-year-old, his prayers – and those of many – were answered.Liver transplants are very difficult to come by. And Bruce’s was even more so. He and an infant shared a deceased 16-year-old Kansas City boy’s organ. The infant’s operation was conducted at Children’s Hospital.Throughout the long wait, supported by wife Donna, and their congregation, Bruce remained positive and as active as possible. They didn’t give up.When it was the darkest, and the popular pastor was struggling ever more, the light began burning brighter. There was hope.On Jan. 12 the couple got a call:”How would you like a liver today?”Bruce is doing well and on the road to recovery, Donna says. They came “back up the hill” Wednesday night and will soon begin serving the Lord again.They praise the efforts of the hospitals and doctors Igal Kam, Frederick Karrer, and Michael Wachs, along with liver transplant coordinator Tracy Steinberg.”We are so sympathetic to the donor’s parents,” Donna acknowledges.They also thank the congregation, fellow Pastor Dwight George, Associate Pastor Derrick Smothers, and administrator Kristen Pacot, who held down the fort.The story of Bruce’s liver transplant brings to mind another successful story, that of Mark McCrerey, a longtime Summit County builder who now lives in Boulder with wife Cynthia and twin sons Pierce and Trent.It was about the same time, some 12 years ago, that Mark, always an athletic type, needed his liver replaced. And like Bruce, it came right down to the near-end – his jaundiced yellow cast had become gray.”It’s been 12 1/2 years for me,” says Mark. “My twin boys were only 1-year-olds. Now they are 13, the youngest guys on the Rocky Mountain Division Mogul Circuit, and tearing it up. I can only imagine, as I do from time to time, what it would be like not to have had these years. I give thanks every day. Do what you love, and love what you do.”And this is where it gets even more personal for Hey, Spike!. My Miss Mary, about the time Bruce was beginning his battle, and Mark was in the throes of his, found out she had a rare and most assuredly fatal abdominal cancer, Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP).After three major operations in eight months, the last two in Washington, D.C., with Dr. Paul Sugarbaker, the world’s foremost authority, that prognosis was turned around.Today, Mary’s a successful artist, runner, skier, and still her most wonderful self.As others – just as good, just as nice – have fallen by the wayside in our mountain valley we call home, our story’s three, ever so grateful, still wonder this: “Why me? Why us?”****In some more good news, Don Peterson is back from the Evergreen Rehab Center and experiencing therapy at home in Frisco, wife Jane reports.They thank all for the cards of well wishes.Recently here was Ashley Bass, their granddaughter who is in the Peace Corps down in Central America’s Honduras.****In-county skiing from Anna Maria Island, Fla., are “Big Dave” and Pat Moynihan and Craig Humphreys. They are staying with friends Tim and Margaret Finley over on Corinthian Hill. Pat is Linda Simon’s cousin. Welcome back. All have properties down on the little Gulf Coast isle.****Up in Vinny’s recently we spotted locals Dan and Jeanette Gongloff and friends (new condo owners) US Army Recruiter Chris and Air Traffic Controller Sarah Howell of Shreveport. La.; Karen Berg, Mary Seitz, Dougie Maynard, Clayton Brown, Suzanne Ripp; elsewhere, Steph Kato, Todd Sandoval, and Doug “Sully” Sullivan; and China Szechuan’s Pi Fang Hsieh and Shoyuan Lei, who are marking 20 years here in the F&B biz. Congrats.••••Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to milesfporteriv@aol.com

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