LOWER TOWAMENSING TOWNSHIP, CARBON COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Some winter fun-lovers combined their passion for the slopes on Saturday with finding a cure for cancer. It’s the fifth time for this fundraiser but as Eyewitness News Anchor Mark Hiller explains, sadly it’s the first time they’ve done it without the event’s founder.
Sunshine, snowboarding and skiing on a Saturday. It doesn’t get better than that for folks like Fletcher Moppert. “Love skiing. Been skiing my whole life so it’s a really great organization to be a part of.”
That non-profit organization is called Carve 4 Cancer which aims to shred blood cancers through extreme sporting events and fundraising. It’s why Mr. Moppert, a two-time Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, decided to join the effort. “Oh, I think it’s great. I was fortunate enough to meet Brent our founder three years ago.”
Eyewitness News met Wilkes-Barre native Brent Evans in 2014 when his rare, stage four Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was in remission. “I always strived for the day i got back on my snowboard. After six rounds of chemo a stem cell transplant and a bunch of, you know, road bumps along the way,” he said four years ago.
The 33-year-old Evans lost his courageous battle last July. But his supporters keep his mission alive taking this years 5th annual Carve 4 Cancer to Blue Mountain Resort. Ten percent of the day’s ticket sales, lift tickets, tubing tickets and lessons are donated to help save lives from a disease that claimed the man who dedicated his final years to finding a cure. Blue Mountain Resort Marketing Specialist Melissa Yingling said, “A lot of their money goes directly back to research which is great and we really believe and support in their organization.”
Carve 4 Cancer also featured live music, raffles and games.