Pagosa Springs Special Olympian battling cancer wants to go to Dollywood


By Jeff Platt

Sharmon Poole is one of Pagosa Springs’ favorite Special Olympics participants. While competing, she’s also battled. 

Sharmon was diagnosed with cancer years ago and at this point is only being treated for pain and comfort. With no certainty of how much time Sharmon has left, an effort has begun to send her on an amazing trip.

“Since Dolly Parton is one of her favorite celebrities, along with Elsa from ‘Frozen’ and Kelly Clarkson, a trip to Dollywood DreamMore Resort and Dollywood for a weekend with her family would be an awesome adventure for them all,” Joanne Irons said.

Irons started a GoFundMe to help pay for the bucket list trip and, as of Monday, had already raised more than $,4000. 

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