First ever First Descents Ball to benefit young adults with cancer |

First ever First Descents Ball to benefit young adults with cancer

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VAIL – With the goal of raising more than $100,000, First Descents is hosting its first-ever Ball on April 7. First Descents is a nonprofit organization that offers young adults with cancer outdoor experiences to aid in their struggle and recovery of cancer. Tickets are now on sale.”Monies raised at this fundraising event will go directly to recruiting young adults into this program who deserve to participate,” said Allan Goldberg, executive director for First Descents. “As a two-time cancer survivor, I know first-hand how programs like First Descents can positively contribute to a patient’s overall well being. Not only have programs that incorporate physical activity into therapy been shown to increase a patient’s physical strength, but have also proven to increase a patient’s overall confidence. Any young adult who has faced chemotherapy and dealt with its side-effects understands this importance.”The Ball will feature musical entertainment, fine wine, culinary creations compliments of the Sonnenalp Resort of Vail and silent auction items, such as a meet and greet with Lance Armstrong, a tropical cruise, a custom-drawn Pixar character by Pixar’s lead artist and a weekend luxury weekend get-a-way to Las Vegas. “It takes approximately $1,000 for a patient to experience a First Descents program, but the impact of this event is priceless provided the many lives it could touch through the funds earned,” said Goldberg.First Descents empowers its campers through kayaking, white water rafting, rock climbing, fishing, hiking and more. First Descents programs target cancer patients 18 years or older, fulfilling a need for cancer support programs of a demographic typically outside the age range of most children hospitals. The organization was founded by Vail local and professional kayaked Brad Ludden in 2001 with support from Nike Corporation, The Lance Armstrong Foundation and other local/national strategic partners.The Ball will take place at the Sonnenalp Resort in Vail Village. Dress is mountain elegant, and all guests are encouraged to fashion a hat as part of their alpine attire. For more information or to purchase tickets (tables also available), contact Goldberg at 328-7999 or Donations may be made online at The event is sponsored by East West Partners, Alpine Bank and the Sonnenalp Resort.

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