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As many of you know I am going through a tough physical issue fighting a brain tumor. It came on suddenly, is very aggressive, and so is our response to get rid of it. I hope to have this on its way behind us in the next few weeks.

The reason I am writing this is that I want the industry to know how very much I appreciate your outpouring of support and prayers. I can’t explain how much it means to me and my family. It has made me realize why this industry is so special to all of us. We are relatively small so we can be connected, we have diving and the desire to share it with the world as our common bond so we are connected, and the success of each of us is so important to all of us. I realize that it’s those things that create the friendships and make this a very special industry, certainly for me.  We are in a very special place.

I’ve always known and appreciated this but when something like this happens, it really hits home. Between the enormous support and friendship of my manufacturers, and all my customers and friends, I want you to know just how much it all means to me. Thank you.

Jim Mapes

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