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Pats Peak event to benefit children with cancer


HENNIKER — Pats Peak Ski Area will host an auction, live music and ski and snowboarding to aid children suffering from cancer and their families.

Feb. 22 and 23 will be the 14th annual Childhood Cancer Lifeline Fundraiser, which is filled with activities and a promise of hope.

Skiers and snowboarders will be able to donate to the cause. Raffles, Childhood Cancer Awareness pins along with tickets for Sunday evening's event will be available for purchase during the weekend.

On Saturday, the band October Sons will play in the Sled Pub from 4 to 9 p.m.

On Sunday, October Sons will host several Lifeline Benefit Rock Bands in a special "We Will, We Will ROCK Cancer" show starting at noon in the Sled Pub.

Sunday's event includes dinner by Pats Peak's executive chef Guy Pelletier, live bands plus a live and silent auction that will offer a variety of gift certificates, tickets to see New England sports teams, sports memorabilia and many more items.

Advanced tickets are $20 s person or $30 per couple, and $25 s person or $40 per couple if purchased this weekend. Tickets may be purchased at Pats Peak Guest Services or by calling 428-3245.

Biggest fundraiser

On average, 73 New Hampshire families a year hear the words "Your child has cancer." The emotional and financial impact of a cancer diagnosis is devastating. The Childhood Cancer Lifeline provides social and support opportunities, direct financial assistance and comfort items to New Hampshire families, from the point of diagnosis, through the journey with cancer. To date, the Childhood Cancer Lifeline has provided in excess of $510,000 in direct assistance to New Hampshire families, and the Pats Peak event is its biggest fundraiser of the year.

Through the Links! Program, the Childhood Cancer Lifeline provides laptops to each newly diagnosed school-aged child. These laptops provide a much needed connection to the world beyond the confines of the hospital. A recent recipient eloquently stated the value of this program: "Lifeline, this laptop hasn't just improved my life, it changed my whole world."

Expanding on the ability to assist is a new scholarship program.

"We are thrilled to be able to support families when their child is in treatment, and to celebrate and support young adult survivors as they move into college," said Childhood Cancer Lifeline of N.H. Board President Sylvia Pelletier.

"We couldn't address the urgent needs of families without the ongoing support of the local community. Giving a family a gas card so they can travel to treatment, paying for a car repair, funding a parent's meal when they are in the hospital, none of this would be possible without such a generous, caring community. We are so touched that so many continue to support our organization, to reach out to truly 'be a lifeline' to families in need", said Pelletier.

The Childhood Cancer Lifeline of New Hampshire has a special relationship with Pats Peak. Chef Guy Pelletier, who joined Pats Peak in May 2000, has two children who are cancer survivors. Guy's wife, Sylvia, is a founding member and current president of the organization. The Lifeline continues to be the only organization dedicated to empowering New Hampshire families whose children have cancer by providing them with financial assistance, resources, and most importantly, hope.

For more information, go to info@childhoodcancerlifeline.org or call 645-1489.

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