JAY – Twelve-year-old Nicholas Prue had a very strong bond with his grandfather, John Young, who lost his battle to cancer Nov. 8, 2010. Prue will participate in Hope on the Slopes in New England, an event to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
“The goal of Hope on the Slopes is to not only to have fun, but also to raise funds that will help the American Cancer Society continue to fund cutting edge research and educate health professionals and the public about a disease that will claim the lives of more than half a million Americans this year,” states the American Cancer Society of New England's website. And provide services such as free rides to treatment and wigs and lodging to cancer patients.
Hope of the Slopes, introduced in Washington State in 2004, is a vertical challenge that gives skiers and riders an opportunity to raise funds in the winter. The American Cancer Society has the opportunity to reach a different group of supporters other than those who participate in the Relay for Life. Some people participate in both events.
The state’s first Hope on the Slopes was at Bolton Valley in 2010 where about 100 participants raised $27,000.
“Right away we knew there was an opportunity to engage skiers and riders in Vermont,” said Jessica Blais, community executive for the American Cancer Society. “We brought Hope on the Slopes to Jay Peak last year for the very first year. We hosted over 100 participants and raised $23,000.”
This year, Jay Peak Resort will host the event on Sunday, Feb. 26.
“I think $26,000 is a great goal,” Blais said.
The society accepts registrations up to the morning of the event. If participants raise more than $100, they earn a lift ticket to use the day of the event.
Northstar Fireworks will wrap up the day with a fireworks display.
Participants register online. There’s a $30 registration fee per person or $15 for season pass holders. Each participant is encouraged to fund raise. There are prizes for participants.
Prue, who has been skiing for two years, is looking forward to the event and wants to contribute at least $300. “It’s going to be fun,” he said. “I’m doing it for my grandpa.”