People are ‘shredding’ the love at Camelback Mountain.
They hosted their eighth annual ‘Boarding for Breast Cancer’ event on Saturday, which raises awareness and money for breast cancer.
“It’s really rewarding to be able to teach people how to detect it early,” said Maggie Gonzalez, Boarding for Breast Cancer’s Events Outreach Manager.
The organization travels to different ski mountains all winter long.
They set up a booth and teach people how to do their own self-exams.
“We are a non-profit that teaches people about early detection and prevention of breast cancer through our jelly breast molds. So they simulate the different types of tissues that you are looking for when you do a self-exam every month,” said Gonzalez.
Event organizers say ski resorts are great for targeting younger audiences that can benefit from early detection of breast cancer.
“We can get all these people in one place and just have an organization like Boarding for Breast Cancer come out and share their resources and knowledge just to the whole group,” said Lauren Lambert, the Events and Promotions Manager at Camelback.
“We have had people come to our booth 10 years ago and it’s a 15 year old boy who is touching breasts for the first time, and 10 years later comes back and says, ‘thank you so much… I learned how to do a self exam and caught it in my wife,'” said Gonzalez.
Many people have been making the trip to Camelback every year for the event, coming decked out in pink ski gear, and making new friends who also have a connection to breast cancer.
“My mom is actually a breast cancer survivor. About five or six years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Kristen Cotter, a volunteer with Boarding for Breast Cancer.
“I just recently lost one of my really close friends at the age of 27 to breast cancer. Fought for about 18 months. Unfortunately we lost her, but that’s why we are trying really hard to push people to be their own advocate and if a doctor tells you you are too young, you should get a second opinion,” said Gonzalez.