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He is still in ICU; please, no visitors or calls.

As many of you know, DSE member George Baptista suffered a serious spinal cord injury in a bicycle accident on July 21. The latest news, as of July 29, is that George’s condition is stable enough that he was moved from San Francisco General Hospital to Kaiser Hospital in South San Francisco on Saturday, where he still in the ICU. He is alert and able to communicate although he is not yet able to talk and is having a difficult time breathing.

Only family members can visit him. I left my phone number and they promised to update me with any changes. His family appreciates the many cards. I told him I would call next Monday and told his son that all of us were very concerned about George. He said he would pass that message onto George.

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By George Sacco

On June 2 I ran, walked, and talked the Jim Pommier 6-hour Distance Classic. It’s been a long time since I have run any long distances; my last marathon was 26 years ago and I forgot to put petroleum jelly on my feet. So I paid the price with black toes. 

On June 8 I attended Tony Stratta’s memorial at the Elks Club in South San Francisco. It was a well done affair, with full lunch, open bar, and a slide show highlighting Tony’s life.

On the morning of June 24 I went to Bobby’s house in Pacifi ca to help fi ll several hundred goody bags for the Double Dipsea. I always marvel at how well Ken Reed manages this race.

To end the month I scheduled a committee for June 30 to plan for a General Meeting, start the ball rolling on the Gala and go over the status of the club.