In Memory of Leslie Ann Hollis, December 15, 1978 – November 2, 2014

By Melissa Hollis Brenkert Losing someone you love deeply, long before her time, is an inexplicable pain. But losing my sister in the long, drawn-out, excruciatingly painful way that she died added a layer to my grief that has been unbearable. It was a sadness so strong that I tried to keep it pushed out … READ MORE

Leslie Herod’s Story: “I Honor Dennis by Advocating for Prop 106”

Transcript: “Dennis and I met at a fundraiser. He came right up to me, being the guy that he was, and said, ‘Who are you, and how can I help you with your career?’ He eventually became my best friend. “Dennis and I would always get together on Valentine’s Day, for Valentine’s lunch. That year … READ MORE

Viewpoint: Another View on Prop 106, the Colorado “End-of-Life” Proposal

By Eric Sondermann This article was originally published in the Denver Business Journal on October 28, 2016. As a moderator of the “Colorado Decides” debate series on Colorado Public Television-12, I try to take an objective, down-the-middle view, approaching the debate on each and every ballot issue in a fair and balanced manner. That was … READ MORE

Proposition 106 Would Bring Me Peace, Comfort as I Fight Cancer

By Megan Igel My name is Megan Igel. I have been blessed with many wonderful friends and family. My life centers on my immediate family: Aaron (42), Meg (41), Hazel (11), Ruby (8), and our dog, Jethro. Aaron is a firefighter; I am a geriatric physician assistant. We have committed our professional lives to helping … READ MORE

Christine Alonzo’s Story

Transcript: “He was a good man. He was funny. He used to call me ‘hijita’. In Spanish, hijita means ‘my child.’ “My uncle and I were very close. He had liver cancer, and he had six months to live. He didn’t want to be remembered as somebody that wasn’t happy, that was in constant pain. “The conversations … READ MORE

Medical Aid in Dying is Not Suicide – Yes on Prop 106

By Julia Garland I am 45 years old and have been battling ovarian cancer for almost 3 years. My family has a gene mutation, and I lost my aunt and grandmother to ovarian cancer. I also lost my father to cancer from this same mutation just two years ago. My chances of survival are slim. … READ MORE

Safeguards are Built into Proposition 106

By Raymond Hockedy This letter to the editor originally appeared in The Longmont Times-Call on October 26, 2016. With blessings and luck, many of us live long and happy lives, but all good things come to an end. Most of us hope for a peaceful passing without pain and undue suffering. In many cases this … READ MORE

I Have ALS; When My Time Comes, I Deserve to Die With Dignity

By Pierre Lescure This letter to the editor was originally published in The Denver Post on October 26, 2016. I am 50 years old. I have lived with ALS for nearly five years. My wife and I moved to Salida in 2008 to live in the mountains and to pursue our passion for the outdoors. … READ MORE

Millennials: End-of-Life Options Matter, Vote Yes on Prop 106

By Lizzy Stephan I’m proud to serve as the Executive Director of New Era Colorado, an organization that for the last decade has engaged, educated, and trained a new generation of active citizens in Colorado. We’ve taken on many issues over the years, including clean energy, fair and accessible elections, equal rights, education, and the … READ MORE

I am a Quadriplegic and I Support Prop 106

By Jennifer Remington My name is Jennifer Remington, and I’m a Coloradan living with a disability. I am writing today to urge my fellow citizens to vote yes on Prop 106, and to clarify a few things about the disability rights community and medical aid in dying. There is absolutely no consensus within the disability … READ MORE