Vail’s Cruisin’ for Kids raises $150,000
Vail, CO Colroado
VAIL – Edwards resident Kenny Teague and his two daughters skied all over Vail Mountain Friday looking for clues.
The reason: They were doing a scavenger hunt and, more importantly, trying to help a local boy battling cancer.
The Teagues were among 110 people who attended a fundraiser benefiting 15-year-old Thomas Walsh from Vail.
“I wanted to come help and make sure he gets better,” 9-year-old Audrey Teague said.
Walsh has a rare type of cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma. After a nagging pain in his hip continued to bother him last August, doctors discovered a tumor in his pelvis. The cancer has since spread to his lungs.
In a phone interview from Boston, where Walsh is set to start a new round of treatment, he said he appreciated the fundraiser.
“I just want to make sure everyone knows i’m really grateful to be a part of it,” he said.
The Cruisin’ for Kids event raised more than $150,000, a portion of which will go toward Walsh’s medical costs, event organizer Cindy DeTrempe said.
As Walsh faces more chemotherapy, his positive outlook was evident on Friday.
“I’m feeling pretty positive,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll be done by this summer. I’ll be skiing next year and playing soccer this summer, so that should be great.”
At least 30 of Walsh’s classmates from Vail Mountain School helped out with the event. Along with the scavenger hunt, the event included a lunch, free ski and apres ski party. The Alpine Children’s Charity has been putting on the event for six years.
Other charities that benefited include the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Children’s Heart Foundation, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Red Ribbon Project.
Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or email@example.com.