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Children listen with interest as they learn about labyrinths and the possibility of having one available in Alamogordo. (Courtesy Photo)

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n June 9, 2006 Tresa VanWinkle had an epiphany. The vision of an Alamogordo community labyrinth occurred as VanWinkle traveled to welcome her newest granddaughter into the world and she has been working to make it a reality ever since. The 180-foot by 180-foot geometrically designed path will be the only permanent labyrinth of its size in at least a 300-mile radius. It will help economic development in Otero County and be a treasured gift to all who walk its winding path. VanWinkle is the director of CAPPED, Inc., a grassroots nonprofit primary cancer prevention and support center to help families with cancer. She also heads CAPPED’s Center for Integrative Wellness, a facility which includes providers of various alternative services a location from which to work. “I have been a registered nurse

Tresa VanWinkle talks about her vision for a community Labyrinth to a group of interested young people. (Courtesy Photo)

for 28 years,” she said. “I am also blessed with family, friends and volunteers who have shared in my visions.” VanWinkle said more than 4,700 people have signed in fa-

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vor of building this park in Alamogordo and nearly $150,000 in cash and in-kind contributions have been raised toward the project over the past 10 years. She is now asking for help in an internet campaign with A Community Thrives network. There is a video created by Tresa and her volunteers posted and individuals can learn more about the organization and vote on the video by clicking on the link at www.capped.org. “CAPPED, Inc. is one of the smallest nonprofits entered in this competition but we are mighty in our passion for this project,” VanWinkle said. “Share in our passion, join us in building this 100 Year Legacy Labyrinth Park. The number of votes ‘Our Community Labyrinth’ receives between April 12 and May 12 will determine whether our grant application for $100,000 will advance to the final judging.”

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