SNOWBIRD, UTAH – Thousands of people affected by cancer will be honored at the 15th annual Survivors at the Summit and Celebration of Life Ceremony at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort on August 6, 2011. Presented by Cancer Wellness House, the celebration will include a pancake breakfast followed by a hike to Hidden Peak to observe tribute flags and a special ceremony accompanied by a children’s choir.
Everybody affected by cancer in any way is invited to hike the 3.5-mile trail, or take a free tram ride to Snowbird’s Hidden Peak, where they will be greeted by One Voice Children’s Choir and a sea of yellow tribute flags waving across the mountain skyline. Modeled after traditional Tibetan prayer flags, the personalized 2011 Survivors at the Summit commemorative flags are meant to honor people with cancer, both survivors and those who have passed away. Hikes to the summit will leave every 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. They will guided hikes and they begin from the Plaza Deck. Tram rides to the summit will be available every 30 minutes between 9 a.m. and noon.
The Celebration of Life Ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. on the top of Hidden Peak. The ceremony will feature Layton resident Ginger Johnson, who is the founder of Happy Chemo! and Utah Cancer Connections magazine, and a Survivor Ambassador for Pink Together. Michelle Marthia, a Millcreek local whose motto through her cancer journey was “rock your baldness” and “embrace each stage of the journey,” will also speak at the ceremony.
“Survivors at the Summit is a meaningful way to celebrate physical and spiritual triumphs over the disease, and to remember those who have lost their lives to cancer,” said Terri Goldstein, Executive Director of Cancer Wellness House, Inc. “It gives people a chance to come together for love, friendship, celebration or remembrance in an inspirational and recreational event.”
Associated Foods is sponsoring a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the Snowbird Center Plaza Deck. Cancer Wellness House volunteers will team up with Snowbird’s chefs to offer steaming plates of pancakes to fuel the journey to the top of Hidden Peak. Live music will be performed on the Plaza Deck courtesy of the Dunmore Lasses, and children can enjoy spending time with the Utah Grizzlies mascot, Grizbee.
All registrants will receive a tote pack, T-shirt, water bottle, pancake breakfast, tram ride to Hidden Peak (for non-hikers) and a tribute flag. The pancake breakfast is $4 per person. The individual tribute flags are $20 and may be purchased online at www.cancer-wellness.org or at the event. All proceeds will go to Cancer Wellness House.
Registration prices vary and information is available at www.cancer-wellness.org, or by calling (801) 236-2294.