Lake Oswego- 29 AUGUST, 2018 - The 30th Annual Oregon Cancer Ski Out (OCSO) netted $55,000 for local and state-wide cancer research and family services. "From our first year, we have dedicated our efforts to the concept that what we raise here, stays here", said President Ed Ariniello. Continuing, he said, "As soon as we had the results, we disbursed the first $44,650, but to our delight we received an additional $10,000 that came in after the event!". A second round of funding is forth-coming within the next two months.
Funds allocated went to the Knight Cancer Institute's War on Melanoma, Providence's Willamette Falls Foundation's Hospice and Camp Erin (a grief program for youth), Candlelighter's For Children with Cancer, Providence Hospice of the Gorge and Breast Friends.
Larry Chadwick, Founder of the group noted, "Most volunteer events of this nature don't last thirty years. We have been blessed with consistent participation by skiers and boarders, along with non-skiers. Oregon businesses have joined in as sponsors in the fight for the people of Oregon. Furthermore, we know how the money is being used by the dedicated local programs we support".
The race is about consistency, not speed, as teams of five persons cover two courses each day. Additionally, Olympic and professional coaches oversee the courses to provide safety and assistance. The event is held at Mt. Hood Meadows the second Sunday-Monday of March each year; the upcoming date being next March 10-11.
Northwest Cancer Resource Fund (NWCRF) provides for the non-profit status of the Oregon Cancer Ski Out, along with the Oregon Cancer Bike Out's in Bend and Ashland, and the Golf to Give events. President Ariniello stated, "NWCRF welcomes applications from individuals and groups who are wanting to make a difference in seeking solutions to cancer through fund raising and need a tax-exempt status. Going through the process with the IRS is both expensive and time consuming". For more information on for local and state-wide NWCRF efforts: