Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer – more than 163,000 new cases are expected this year in the United States alone
Another reason to race is the Leukemia Foundation, which the Syrovatka Downhill has supported for several decades. Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with blood cancer – more than 163,000 new cases are expected this year in the United States alone. An estimated 60,000 deaths will result from blood cancer this year & thats just in the US.
Cancer is costly: physically, emotionally, and economically. Funding research to find a cure is the only permanent solution. The ability to translate science from laboratory research into effective therapies is vital. The rate of progress in cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention must continue until the disease is conquered. In an interview a few years ago George Syrovatka said:
“The relationship with the Leukemia Foundation started about 15 years ago, when one of my closest friends, whom I had skied and competed with since we were 15, contracted leukemia,” Syrovatka said. “It was his initial idea to associate the race with the charity, as he had raced the downhill a few times. Unfortunately, about a year after, he lost his fight with the disease, but I have kept on raising the money.”
Syrovatka has an even stronger motive to support the Leukemia Foundation, His daughter Katia was diagnosed with the disease as well.
Purchase raffle tickets at the awards ceremony. Every dollar spent on raffle tickets goes to benefit The Leukemia Research Foundation. Prizes include skies and an assortment of other wonderful items.