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T-shirts commemorate skiers’ broken bones at hospital

Rene Shadforth, Sierra Sun
Josh Miller, Sierra SunSandy Gautschi displays the new design of the T-shirts created by the hospital auxiliary for the ER of the Tahoe Forest Hospital.
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Now the more than 1,000 people each year who sign their name to Tahoe Forest Hospital’s Wrist Fracture Hall of Fame can take a souvenir home to remember their accomplishment.The Tahoe Forest Hospital Auxiliary created a T-shirt to recognize all of the snowboarding and skiing injuries the emergency room treats each winter. The shirts read on the front: “It’s not how fast … It’s not how far … It’s not how high… ” And on the back, the shirts read: “It’s all in the landing … BUSTED.””Because we have so many broken bones, we thought we should make a shirt,” said Sandy Gautschi, president of the hospital auxiliary and manager of the organization’s shop, The Gift Tree.The idea for the shirts came when radiology technician Jennifer Parodi suggested creating a shirt for the emergency room.”We have so many people who come through who break appendages, I thought ‘I would want a T-shirt to remember it by,'” Parodi said. “People kind of take pride in their injuries, especially when it’s through an outdoor activity…”Gautschi enlisted her son Rich, a Morgan Hill resident, to design the shirt. Gautschi’s grandchildren, Ryan and Ronni, did the logo and computer design, respectively. The shirts were produced locally by W & T Graphix.The shirts are available at The Gift Tree for $15, and all proceeds – roughly $7.50 – will go to the auxiliary, which raises money for Tahoe Forest Hospital.The Gift Tree is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Contact The Gift Tree at 582-3570.