Spotlight on Los Alamos: Home for Christmas

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By Roger Snodgrass

When Paul Kressin thinks of Christmas, he is reminded of the winter just after he was diagnosed with kidney failure. “Christmas is always good,” he said. But that first year in 1999, when he began dialysis, was memorable and not least because the whole community gathered round. Kressin is a loan officer at Intermountain Mortgage Company and a real estate appraiser who was born and raised in Los Alamos.“The real estate community set up a medical account to help pay my bills and stuck a bunch of money in it. Gifts just appeared,” he said. “In the Christian community, there were a lot of what we call ‘golden handshakes,’ a handshake with money in it.

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