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First Descents plans Teva party in Vail

Vail Daily staff report
Vail CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” First Descents, the Vail Valley-based nonprofit that runs kayaking camps for young people with cancer, will host a fundraising party at the Samana Lounge in Vail on June 6 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the Teva Mountain Games.

Although there is no cost to attend the event, its stated goal is to raise $1,000 ” enough money to send one camper to one of the planned 2009 First Descents summer programs. During the event, the Flathead Lake Brewing Company will provide free beer while First Descents founder and whitewater kayaking legend Brad Ludden previews a short clip from his upcoming documentary about the organization and whitewater kayaking.

Team Beyond Cancer, the First Descents team, will make its debut at the 2009 Teva Mountain Games. Consisting of three First Descents camp veterans and Brad Ludden, the team will compete in the GNC Ultimate Mountain Challenge on June 6 and 7 as part of their quest to raise $20,000.

The three athletes are all cancer survivors whose disease is in remission. They will be competing in events across the country this year to reach their fundraising goal and spread the word about First Descents.

Ludden will also compete professionally in the Bud Light Lime Steep Creek Championship on June 4.

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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

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