Notes from the Field: The Gift of Heat

by Lacey Gaechter, National Director

Bernard Cuny (left) hugs TWP Executive Director Richard Fox

Trees, Water & People has worked with Bernard Cuny for the past 10 years planting shade and wind break trees for families on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Bernard runs his own tree farm out of Allen, SD, and has been a wonderful and reliable partner over the years. This winter, Bernard’s son, Lane, was diagnosed with cancer. All of us who know the Cunys are very humbled by this news and wish Lane the very best success in his treatment.

Because Bernard has long enjoyed the use of his own Solar Air Heater, he requested one for his son; a small gesture to help make the incredible challenge of living with cancer just a little more manageable. On Valentine’s Day, the Lakota Solar Enterprises crew installed a Solar Air Heater on Lane’s home – donated by Trees, Water & People’s generous Solar Energy for Lakota Families Cause. Now Lane’s winter will be warmer and his utility bills less expensive for many years to come.

Thank you for supporting this cause so that we could help ease our friend’s suffering through this hard time. Best wishes, Lane, for a very successful treatment and full recovery!

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