Buddy Check: Ski for the Cure

Published 02/28 2013 06:32PM

Updated 02/19 2015 03:11PM

Kidder Township, Luzerne County-A peaceful, wintery setting to remember lives lost and those who are fighting to beat breast cancer.
Then smiles, as dozens of skiers and snowboarders glide down the mountain at Jack Frost Ski Resort for the 6-th annual "Ski for the Cure." they hold signs in honor of those facing the disease.
Marge Brennan doesn't miss it. She skis for her sister-in-law Eileen, diagnosed with breast cancer.

  "She just had a double mastectomy and she is doing well. I'm very proud of Eileen, I'm glad to be here."
Last year, she skied for her other sister-in-law Molly who is battling stage four breast cancer.
 "It's difficult for them because first of all they don't want to accept what happening to them and then when they do, they know what they have to do and it's a little scary."
Hitting the slopes isn't scary for experienced skiers like Kimberly Kirschner, but the thought of losing a loved one is. She skis to support a friend, who recently lost his wife and mother of his children, to breast cancer.
  "It feels good to support somebody. It feels good to let them know there are people on his side to help him through his struggles but also the kids in losing their mother."
Support is why Patrick Decaprio spent nine hours creating this pink ribbon out of snow.
  "Just the symbol of 'oh there's people out there that care. Maybe I don't know the person.'"
He made a smaller one last year and after seeing how many lives it touched, he knew he had to make another.
The event has raised more than 120-thousand dollars for local chapters of the Susan G. Komen for the cure foundation. It is the brainchild of breast cancer survivor and resort employee Bernie Oldroyd.
 "I wanted to get the word out for early detection and that's really the key for conquering the disease."
That's what Bernie did.
Reminding us the fight against breast cancer continues, no matter what the season.
And don't forget, this is your reminder to call your buddy and remind her.. or him.. to do a breast self-exam.
       It's a call that could save a life.

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