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Below is an excerpt from an inspiring story from Lindsay Yanco and her reason for participating in Pink Vail:
It’s the first year for Lindsay Yanco to participate in Pink Vail. Like her teammates on Vail Ski Patrol, not to mention the hundreds of other participants, its cause hits close to home. Last year Yanco’s mother – a triathlete and seemingly the ultimate specimen of good health – was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.
“It’s been a rough year,” Yanco says, adding that her mother continues to fight. “I wanted to give back and do something. You know when you feel like you can’t do anything to help? There are a lot of patrollers who have lost parents to cancer and it’s really cool to have something like Pink Vail to be a part of.”
Yanco’s mother is planning to make the trip from California to join her daughter and team Vail Ski Patrol on April 5 for Pink Vail.
“She’s pretty excited for the event. She’s an awesome skier,” Yanco says. “More and more people keep asking about it and wanting to be on our team. One girl lost her dad 10 years ago. My friend is on the team – he lost his dad last January to pancreatic cancer. Some people on the team will be working that day. The idea is that everyone can be on the snow. Hopefully it will help people still going through it to feel more positive. Attitude is a huge part of it.”
The objective for Pink Vail is for every individual or team to seek pledges from anyone and everyone to sponsor their ski day at Vail. Those who raise the most funds earn prizes, as do those who succeed in the Checkpoint Challenge, in which skiers must find a series of famous decks around the mountain. The April 5 event also includes a costume contest at Eagle’s Nest, live music and the emotionally charged Ski Down at the end of the day, during which the entire slope becomes a sea of pink. All funds benefit Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards.