Vail Daily column: Pink Vail aids cancer survivors
March 24, 2014
Editor's note: This column, submitted by Vail Resorts, showcases the nonprofits that the company supports through its Vail Resorts Echo program.
Pink Vail 2014 will take place on April 5 atop Vail Mountain near Eagle's Nest. In just two years, Pink Vail has become the world's biggest ski day to conquer cancer and is one of the fastest growing cancer-related events in the country. In 2013 the event raised over $350,000 and hosted 1,300 participants from 36 states, ranging from 3 years old to 86 — and it made a difference!
Pink Vail is a fun-filled day with crazy costumes, ton of energy and live music, but the best part of Pink Vail is where the money goes. Pink Vail funds created a program called "Spirit of Survival," which helps all cancer patients at Shaw Regional Cancer Center ease the pains associated with cancer treatment and helps survivors create and maintain a healthy lifestyle to stay cancer-free. The mind and body program provides emotional support, free fitness classes, nutrition counseling and cooking classes, healing outdoor adventures and much more.
One Big Family
"They make you feel like a large part of a big family," said survivor Victor Galko. "I'm in better shape now than before I had cancer, and it's just so good for your soul and for your health to have all these people surrounding you and motiving you."
To date, Pink Vail has raised over $650,000 and helped hundreds of Eagle County survivors in their journey to become and stay cancer-free.
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Pink Vail supports cancer patients receiving treatment in our community and is made a success each year by dedicated businesses and members of our community. Pink Vail's biggest partner, Vail Resorts Echo/Vail Mountain, has donated food, beverages, marketing and staff assistance, as well as great prizes, totaling over $30,000 in support in 2014.
Get involved in Pink Vail! Register or make a donation at pink vail.com. The registration fee is $25 and festivities begin on April 5 at 8:30 a.m. at Eagle's Nest, atop the Eagle Bahn Gondola out of Lionshead. Don't miss the deck parties, the pinkest costume contest on earth, live music, spirit rally and Celebration Ski Down. Prizes are given to best costumes, top fundraisers and lucky checkpoint challenge participants. For more information, visit pinkvail.com.
Lindsay Hogan is communications manager for Vail Valley Medical Center. Through Vail Resorts Echo, Vail Resorts hopes to connect its communities to its efforts — from on the ground conservation programs to grants for local schools. Aimed at both protecting the natural resources that surround the resorts and helping build stronger communities where its employees live and work, Vail Resorts Echo encompasses three core efforts: environmental stewardship, charitable giving and community engagement. Learn more at http://www.vailresortsecho.com.