King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort is sponsoring the second
Cynthia’s Challenge 24 Hour Ski-A-Thon.
The Ski-A-Thon will take place from 9pm Friday, January 9th through Saturday, January 10th benefitting one of King Pine’s own, Sammy Gillard. We need all the help we can get to raise $45,000 – the cost of a wheelchair accessible vehicle for Sammy. With this vehicle, Sammy’s family will be able to continue to travel with her and provide a much happier and fuller life.
Seven year old Samantha “Sammy” is the daughter of Jenny and Geoff Gillard of Newton, MA. Sammy’s grandfather “Tex” Gillard is a long time ski patroller at King Pine Ski Area and the family have grown up skiing in East Madison. Sammy was diagnosed with Rett syndrome when she was 9 months old. Rett syndrome is a unique developmental disorder caused by mutations on the X chromosome on a gene called MECP2. A rare disease, the incidence of Rett syndrome is about 1 in 10,000 females. The course of Rett syndrome, including the age of onset and severity, varies from child to child. As the syndrome progresses, most children lose purposeful use of their hands and the ability to speak. Other symptoms may include loss of motor skills, breathing and cardiac irregularities, seizures, digestive problems, scoliosis, and tremors.
We are reaching out to the community and area businesses. We are asking for your help by either registering a team, donating items to help with a raffle or by making a monetary contribution.
Registration is $99 per person and includes dinner, breakfast and lunch, a 24-hr lift ticket, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the event, as well as a customized t-shirt, games and memories to last a lifetime. Register a team of four and the 5th is free! Ages 8 and under are also free; we ask that kids get friends and family to sponsor them per ski run. We will provide a form to keep track of sponsors for you. A slopeside lodging package at King Pine is available through Purity Spring Resort or come prepared with your sleeping bag for the Lodge!
Your participation would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please email email@example.com
or donations can be made out to “Cynthia’s Challenge” and mailed to:
King Pine Ski Area
1251 Eaton Road
East Madison, NH 03849