A spokesperson for King Pine Ski Area in East Madison (NH) says Friday afternoon’s “Cynthia’s Challenge” 24-hour Ski-a-thon fundraiser was a huge success – and checks are still coming in, bringing the total raised close to the goal of $35,000, money that will provide a service dog to allow an 11-year-old girl to live more independently.
Alexandra Coakley calls Cynthia Verrill of Effingham “one of our own” as Cynthia’s mother Stacie works at the ski resort’s guest services desk and her father Kevin has also worked for the resort.
Cynthia suffers from a rare genetic disease called TSC that causes benign tumors to grow in the brain and on other vital organs. A service dog will keep her safer by detecting seizures associated with the disease before they happen.
Coakley says fireworks were donated Friday night, food was donated by local businesses, a bonfire burned through the night, a race course was set up, a DJ played and overall “it was just a lot of fun and a great show of support from the local community.”
Coakley says she’s grateful for the King Pine ski patrol and lift operators who volunteered their time working through the night to ensure the event went smoothly and safely.
The event started at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon and ended at 4 p.m. Saturday.