Vail race will raise money for boy battling cancer |

Vail race will raise money for boy battling cancer

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL – Alpine Children’s Charity will hold its sixth annual Cruisin’ for Kids ski-a-thon on March 26 on Vail Mountain. The Junior Board of Alpine Children’s Charity is looking for participants to join in “skiing for solutions” and “boarding for breakthrough” at the Vail Nastar Racecourse and in an all-mountain scavenger hunt.

Participants can be any age, and each is encouraged to raise $100 or more. Participants will receive a T-shirt, goody bag and lunch and will be invited to an after-party celebration.

This year, donations may be designated to the Thomas Walsh Medical Trust. Thomas was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, metastasis to the lungs, and has been in continued treatment and surgeries since May 2009 in his battle with this rare cancer.

Thomas is a freshman at Vail Mountain School and is a student, skier, triathlete, musician and actor.

Alpine Children’s Charity was formed in 2004 by a group of kids to raise money for charities that work on finding cures for diseases that affect children and provide education and support services for groups impacted by childhood disease. In the first five years, Alpine Children’s Charity has raised nearly $850,000, which has been distributed to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Children’s Heart Foundation, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Red Ribbon Project-HIV/AIDS and First Descents.

“It’s more important to help kids – it’s not all about racing and money,” co-founder Jack DeTrempe said. “It’s just about going out and helping other kids.”

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