Fourth annual Carve 4 Cancer hits the slopes at Big Boulder Mountain
LAKE HARMONY — Snowboarders, skiers and those who like to lend a hand, can hit the slopes at Big Boulder Mountain and help raise money for blood cancer research. On Feb. 4, the mountain will welcome hundreds to the fourth annual Carve 4 Cancer.
Carve for Cancer Inc. is a nonprofit founded by Brent P. Evans, an avid snowboarder who continues to fight Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Evans said the group’s mission is “raising funds for blood cancer research through board-sports events and awareness campaigns.” Event marketing director Josh Frank said the organization has grown rapidly since it began in 2014.
“Carve started out as a small grass-roots fundraiser and has evolved into a legitimate non-profit charity organization,” Frank said. “It’s remarkable how many people have gotten involved over the past few years and it’s taken the event and organization to a whole new level.”
Frank and Evans are close friends, but coming on board to help with Evans’ mission “was a no-brainer,” Frank said. “Not only is it a great cause, but if you know Brent, you know he’s the type of guy that would do absolutely anything for anyone. Our whole team is 100 percent unpaid volunteers and I really attribute that to Brent and the mission he created for this organization.”
Evans dreamed up Carve For Cancer after his first stem cell transplant in 2010.
“I wanted to have a snowboard-inspired winter festival that ultimately raised money for blood cancer research,” he said. “Adopting best practices from other fundraisers we have thrown in the past, and the concept of a winter music and snowboard festival, Carve 4 Cancer was born with the help of family and friends that supported us from the beginning.”
Evans is currently undergoing stem cell therapy and remains optimistic about his recovery.
“Every day is a battle when fighting cancer, but that is exactly why I am so passionate about Carve 4 Cancer,” he said. “It is an amazing way for so many great people to come together, raise a ton of money, and have an awesome time.”
The flagship event has grown into a much-anticipated annual event, organizers said.
“We are now one of the premier winter events in the Poconos and raising enough money that we are making a real difference,” Frank said.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and “this year will have everything our guests have come to love and expect and a couple awesome surprises,” Frank said.
“Something new for 2017 we are really excited about is our huge outdoor stage we are building right outside of the Boulder Park Lodge. This is a real game changer and I think it’s really going to blow everyone away,” he said. “Our bands this year are amazing.”
“We will also have a more diverse vendor village that can be enjoyed by both event goers that snowboard or ski, as well as those who just came to party and enjoy themselves at Carve 4 Cancer 2017,” Evans said. “As always, we will have our rail jam open to both skiers and snowboarders. Graffiti artists and live deejays will keep the edgy vibe going throughout the day.”
Along with a fun day on the slopes, Carve 4 Cancer has teamed up with Love Hope Strength, a group that helps add people to the bone marrow transplant registry.
“One of the more important aspects of Carve 4 Cancer is our bone marrow oral swabbing stations,” Evans said. “Our friends at Love Hope Strength will be educating and performing oral swabs for those participants who would like to donate, or learn more about, their stem cells for the bone marrow transplant registry. A simple oral swab of the inner cheek wall of your mouth can potentially save someone’s life down the road. I should know, I received an allogeneic stem cell transplant from the bone marrow transplant registry.”
Carve for Cancer is open to all ages. An afterparty for those 21 and older starts at 8 p.m. at Shenanigans, 100 Lake Harmony Road.
The event is free and a portion of all lift tickets sales that day benefit Evans’ nonprofit.
“The funds we raise go directly to researchers and professionals that are on the forefront of groundbreaking research,” Evans said. “Each year we have been able to raise more and more money and we plan to continue that trend this year and with future C4C events.”
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IF YOU GO
What: Carve 4 Cancer 2017
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 4
Where: Big Boulder Mountain, 357 Big Boulder Drive, Lake Harmony
More info: Visit visit www.Carve4Cancer.com