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USA Volleyball Comments on Recent Tragedy

Posted by mikeyactive on Aug 11, 2008 9:58:16 AM

BEIJING (Aug. 11, 2008) – The United States Olympic  Committee is extremely pleased to announce that the condition of Mrs. Barbara  Bachman has been upgraded from critical to serious but stable.

    OPEN LETTER FROM HUGH & ELISABETH McCUTCHEON

  During this tremendously difficult time, we have been blessed to be  surrounded by a tremendous support system of caring individuals and  organizations. We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of assistance and  generosity that we have received and hope to convey our appreciation to  everyone who has supported us and kept us in their thoughts and prayers.

  The long list of people who have offered their assistance, kind words and  prayers to us has been incredible. This letter cannot do justice in  acknowledging the love and support we’ve felt. However, to begin with, we’d  like to express our deep gratitude to the following:

  First, we’d like to thank our family and friends, who have been ceaseless in  sending their prayers and love to our families. 

We’d like to thank the talented and caring staff and physicians at the local  hospital that is working around the clock to attend to the recovery of our Mom. 

We’d also like to express our gratitude to the officials from the Chinese  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mayor of Beijing, and their staff members who  have been with us here at the hospital.

  We’d like to thank President Bush and Ambassador Randt for their kind words  and strength. We also thank the U.S. Embassy and its staff for everything  they’ve done.

  We’d like to thank the USA Volleyball family for their never-ending support.  It is a close-knit family that is close to our hearts and close to the hearts  of our parents, Todd and Barbara.

We’d like to thank the United States Olympic Committee for their immediate  assistance and willingness to attend to all of our needs, and for being with us  here at the hospital throughout.  

We’d like to thank the generous sponsors who have made their resources  available to us without question, specifically Johnson & Johnson.  

We’d like to thank the FIVB for its flexibility and support of our coaches  and athletes.  

We’d like to thank the International Olympic Committee and the Beijing  Organizing Committee for their support throughout this tragedy.  

And finally, we’d like to thank everyone who has kept our families in their  thoughts and prayers throughout our difficult time.

We send a special thank you  to the people of Beijing, the people of New Zealand, and of course, the people of America. We  have been lifted up by the outpouring of support and love we’ve received from  around the world.  

Hugh and Elisabeth McCutcheon

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