First Descents moving HQ from Vail |

First Descents moving HQ from Vail

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – First Descents, the Vail Valley-based nonprofit group that runs kayak camps for young adults with cancer, will move form Vail to Boulder in the next month in order to expand.

The organization’s goal is to support over 1,000 young adult survivors a year by 2014, and Boulder provides access to a larger community of donors, volunteers and supporters, First Descents said in a press release.

The group wants to grow from the nine camps it held in 2009 to more than 50 nationwide by 2014.

First Descents board member Brendan Synnott has offered to house the organization’s headquarters in his Boulder office of Revelry Brands, and will become First Descents’ executive director for the salary of $1 per year. Synnott is the co-founder of natural food company Bear Naked.

“Over 60,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year, and we want to provide as much support as possible for that community,” Synnott said. “Boulder has incredible operational resources and a robust awareness of the impact healthy outdoor living has on personal wellness.”

First Descents expansion plans to hold more climbing and mountaineering camps.

“Although we’re moving our office headquarters to Boulder, we will always consider Vail our home,” says First Descents founder Brad Ludden. “We couldn’t have gotten to where we are today without the support of the Vail Valley. We envision the Vail Valley remaining an important and integral part of our organization through expansion of camps and volunteer outreach.”

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