East Madison, NH (June 11, 2019): Cynthia's Challenge, a 24-hour Ski-A-Thon held this past March 2019 at King Pine Ski Area delivered on the promise to purchase handicap van for a local family in need. On Wednesday afternoon, June 4, the handicap van was presented to the Heck family at Ossipee Central School in a procession of fire trucks and local law enforcement.
The $65,000 raised at the ski-a-thon covered the cost of a handicap van for Sylis Heck, a six-year-old boy who was diagnosed with "Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy" or HIE is nonverbal, legally blind, deaf and has endured countless surgeries and hospital stays. Sylis' life revolves around the need for ongoing medical care and as he continues to grow, his family’s transportation needs have changed. The funds raised covers the cost of a van, one year of insurance for the van, vehicle registration fees and expenses associated with the challenge.
In its sixth year, Cynthia's Challenge has now raised over $307,875 to fulfill the needs of children including a service dog for Cynthia Verrill and handicap accessible vans for Sammy Gillard, Kevin Dall, Faith Holt, Jacques Villeneuve, and now one to be purchased for Sylis Heck’s family.
Tax deductible donations can be made to help Cynthia’s Challenge continue to operate and support local families. For more information, please visit cynthiaschallenge.org.
About Cynthia’s Challenge
Cynthia’s Challenge is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the State of New Hampshire. Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to support local children and their families encountering the staggering expenses associated with the financial burden of specialty medical needs. Funds raised from the annual 24-hour Ski-A-Thon are used to provide financial and logistical support to families confronted with profound medical needs of disabled and/or handicapped children.
About King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort
King Pine Ski Area, located in Madison, New Hampshire, is part of Purity Spring Resort and has a rich tradition of delivering outdoor fun and family recreation. Conveniently located between the Lakes Region and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Purity Spring Resort has been owned and operated by the Hoyt family since the late 1800s and today offers a variety of year-round family destinations.
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