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Party 4 Pinkus at Route 6 Cafe to benefit beloved local athlete Jen Pinkus

EAGLE-VAIL — If you've been skiing or climbing, looked up the mountain and seen someone laughing and smiling, then chances are you've seen Jen Pinkus.

The "sweetest athlete in Vail" could use a little help.

Her friends are hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday at the Route 6 Cafe to help her with expenses from her fight with cancer.

Pinkus has a cancer called follicular lymphoma. It's a blood cancer that can be treated with antibodies and chemotherapy.

"It is not usually fatal and can be managed but never goes away," Pinkus said on her website.

Her summer is already scheduled. She'll have six treatments of intense chemotherapy and an antibody called Rituximab. After that, she'll have treatments every two months for two years.

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"I am a fighter and am confident I will conquer this and be able to get out and bike, climb and ski again. I appreciate everyone who has called, stopped by and kept me in their thoughts," Pinkus said.

Flat Pinkus

Pinkus is covering lots of territory vicariously. Friends have been posting pictures of themselves on mountain adventures with #FlatPinkus. It's a play on the "Flat Stanley" character that elementary-age school kids draw on paper and then send around the world to learn about different places.

Since Pinkus is in treatment, her friends are taking Flat Pinkus ice climbing, hiking, skiing … just about anywhere involving fun in the outdoors.

When she's out there in all her three-dimensional glory, Pinkus is a ski instructor and spin instructor at the Vail Athletic Club. She has been riding for more than 20 years and instructing for the past 10 years. She is certified to coach both indoor and outdoor cycling. She raced competitively in the local and National Off Road Bicycle Association mountain bike series and has competed in several 24-hour mountain bike races.

She offers private instruction and helps coach the Vail Mountain Bike kids' camps and race team over the summer.

Party 4 Pinkus

Tuesday's Party 4 Pinkus will feature a silent auction, raffle, beer and local booze from the 808 Distillery. Raffle items were donated by Apex Guides, Venture Sports, Surefoot, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Paragon Guides, Alpine Quest, Fondue at Home, Golden Eagle, Dusty Boot, Yeti's Grind, Blue Moose, Four Seasons Landscaping, Jen Martin/Jointworx, the Schneider family, the Friends of Pinkus and more.

Terry Armistead, Dr. Frank and Page will do the music.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

If You Go …

What: Party 4 Pinkus.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1.

Where: Route 6 Café, 40801 U.S. Highway 6, Eagle-Vail.

Cost: $20 donation gets you one beer, one raffle ticket and appetizers.

More information: Friends are sponsoring a fundraiser for Jen Pinkus, a longtime local. Go to http://www.gofundme.com/jenpinkus. For information about Tuesday’s event, or for additional raffle tickets, call Kelli at 970-390-9145.