Ski 4 Yellow cancer fundraiser strikes deal to keep more money in Yampa Valley |

Ski 4 Yellow cancer fundraiser strikes deal to keep more money in Yampa Valley

— A deal struck between Livestrong and Steamboat Springs' Ski 4 Yellow fundraiser will keep more of the money raised for cancer initiatives here in the Yampa Valley.

Previously, money raised during the Livestrong-partnered Ski 4 Yellow and Ride 4 Yellow events in Steamboat has been split evenly between Livestrong and the 4 Yellow Foundation, which grants its share to local groups and organizations that provide cancer services. This year, however, the first $50,000 raised during the third annual Ski 4 Yellow event March 30 will be earmarked for local causes. Any fundraising amount beyond the initial $50,000 again will be split between Livestrong and the 4 Yellow Foundation.

In 2012, the Ski 4 Yellow and Ride 4 Yellow events raised more than $200,000.

Casey Barnett, a Steamboat resident and 4 Yellow Foundation official, said organizers hope dedicating the first $50,000 strictly to local causes will encourage more people to participate in the Ski 4 Yellow fundraiser.

Barnett acknowledged the likelihood that some people are questioning whether to support Livestrong given the controversy surrounding its founder Lance Armstrong. Armstrong stepped down as chairman of Livestrong last October and resigned from its board of directors one month later.

Barnett said Livestrong officials were supportive of the change for this year's Ski 4 Yellow event.

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"They want to make sure we're taken care of and are here for the long haul," Barnett said.

The Ski 4 Yellow event pairs teams of participants with Olympians for a day of fun at Steamboat Ski Area. The cost to register for the event is $50. Participants commit to raising at least $250 for cancer initiatives. For those who want to participate but do not have a ski pass, a lift ticket can be purchased for $45 during the registration process. More information is at

A Ski 4 Yellow registration party is from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at McKnight’s Irish Pub & Loft. Barnett said there will be drink specials and incentives for people to register for the event. During Friday afternoons in March, registration parties will be held at Slopeside Grill.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email

How Yampa Valley Medical Center spent $65,000 in 4 Yellow Foundation funds in 2012

  • Heeling Friends — $500
  • Air tickets for cancer speaker — $541.20
  • Empowered Healing presentation — $4,458.80
  • Patient assistance for 13 individuals — $29,436.34
  • Cancer exercise specialist training course — $3,140.81
  • Melanoma community education — $5,000
  • Prostate cancer community education — $5,665.63
  • Breast cancer community education — $14,557.22
  • Supplies for lymphedema diagnostics and treatment equipment — $1,700

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