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The fight against cancer as we take it to the slopes

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The Canadian Cancer Society is teaming up with Rosslanders and Red Mountain Resort to present the second annual Slopes for Hope.

Slopes for Hope is an “Everest-Style” ski-a-thon in which participants attempt to ski the vertical height of Mount Everest in one day at Red Mountain Resort.

Participants can sign up as individuals or in teams and split the distance between team members to achieve their goal of skiing 29,092 feet in one day.

There will be fun activities and entertainment at the base and on the mountain and amazing prizes to be won.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, about half of all cancers can be prevented. A way to reduce the risk of cancer is by living well which includes being active, eating well, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

“Skiing and Snowboarding is a great way to stay active during the winter months, and that’s why we are so excited to be partnering with Red Mountain Resort on this event,” said Allison McCarthy, Annual Giving Coordinator for the Society.

“It is a great way to get our cancer prevention message out to the community, raise funds to support our mission, and have fun.”

Participants are asked to fundraise prior to the event and thanks to the generosity of Red Mountain Resort, all participants who raise at least $100 per adult and $50 per youth will receive a half-price lift ticket for the day of the event and be eligible to win some great prizes.

Funds raised through the event will help the Canadian Cancer Society fund excellence in cancer research, cancer prevention initiatives, and support services such as wig banks, lodges near treatment centres,

Cancer Information Service, and Camp Goodtimes for children with cancer and their families. To learn more about what the Canadian Cancer Society does in your community and the services they provide please visit www.cancer.ca.

Slopes for Hope will be taking place at Red Mountain Resort on Sunday, March 16 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

“This is a great event, and a wonderful way for the ski community to get involved in the fight against cancer,” said Alannah Freise and Eddy Learmont, volunteer event chairs. “Slopes for Hope did not happen in 2013, so we are happy to bring the event back to Rossland this year in hopes to make this an annual event.

Visit slopesforhope.ca to register and support Slopes for Hope Red Mountain.

For more information or to register go to slopesforhope.ca or contact Allison McCarthy, Annual Giving Coordinator with the Canadian Cancer Society at 250-364-0403/amccarthy@bc.cancer.ca.

 


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