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For the first time in history, cancer incidence rates are declining. Fundraising events such as today’s American Cancer Society Vertical Challenge at Sunlight Mountain Resort help make that happen.”The drop in the actual number of cancer deaths in 2003 and in our own projections for 2006 mark a remarkable turn in our decades-long fight to eliminate cancer as a major health threat,” said John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., American Cancer Society chief executive officer, in a press statement.During the annual fundraising competition, teams of up to 10 skiers and snowboarders, along with individual participants, pursue the most vertical feet in one day using a tracking device. Participants also compete to raise the most money with the help of sponsorships.Money raised supports American Cancer Society-funded patient-service programs, education, advocacy and research.”For years, we’ve proudly pointed to dropping cancer death rates even as a growing and aging population meant more actual deaths,” Seffrin said. “Now, for the first time, the advances we’ve made in prevention, early detection, and treatment are outpacing even the population factors that in some ways obscured that success.”Today’s activities at Sunlight also include a tug-of-war team competition, the Mr. Vertical competition, a luminaria ceremony and live music with acoustic singer-song writer Craig Griffin and old-time family band Bluegrace Mountain Band.For more information about Vertical Challenge, visit http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=151154, or call (970) 242-9593 or 945-7491.n n n March 25-26, Sunlight celebrates the changing of the seasons with its annual Spring Thing Festival. The event features skiers and snowboarders donning flowered shirts (with a tropical costume contest), boat drinks and Jimmy Buffett music.”Remember to wear your Hawaiian shirts, straw hats, coconut bikinis and other tropical gear, because there will be lots of sun to catch,” said John Seaberry, Sunlight’s marketing and public relations director.At 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, mountain bikers will compete boardercross style in the Race on the Snow. The Spring Slush Big Air Competition takes place at 1 p.m., with jumps on Dotsero.Otis Taylor, SoulFeel and Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead will perform free concerts all day Saturday starting at 2 p.m.Sunday, March 26, features a snow golf tournament in Sunshine Meadows, the Need for Speed race on Joslin and a bonfire and free concert by Glass Onion.Call 945-7491 for more information.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com


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