Happy Ski and Ride Season!
On February 1st, 2020, NEHSA will be hosting the 35th Annual Ski & Ride-A-Thon to aid our year-round activities. If you have not had a chance to stop by the new, expanded building at Mount Sunapee, I highly recommend coming to visit us. Countless hours, persistence, generosity, love, blood, sweat and tears made the vision of 20+ years a reality.
Having just finished volunteering at my 10th New England Winter Sports Clinic for Veterans with Disabilities, I can, without a doubt, say that I've witnessed the triumph of the human spirit. The biggest highlight of the week was seeing a long-time student defy all odds and stand to ski after 20 years of sit skiing and battling ALS. This student describes how it felt as she was getting ready for her run. "One of my favorite things was clicking my boot into my ski. It totally took me by surprise and I almost cried right there. I didn't realize how sacred the vibration and sound of the click really is." Needless to say, there was not a dry eye on the mountain.
Over the years, I have been truly touched by the support I received from my friends and family in this event and would love to keep up the momentum. For those that are unaware, NEHSA stands for the New England HEALING Sports Association. This marks my 12th season volunteering with this distinguished organization. At NEHSA, we ski with students of all ages with a variety and sometimes combination of cognitive and physical disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, mental retardation, spina bifida, spinal cord injury, paralysis, amputation, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, visual impairment, stroke, TBI, ALS, PTSD... the list goes on and on. What is so great about NEHSA is that we do not turn anyone away from a lesson. We always find a way to get our students out on the hill, sometimes very creatively. Despite their disabilities, or rather ABILITIES, all students can get outside and enjoy themselves.
As NEHSA wraps up the building expansion project and continues to grow its memberships, student-base, and year-round adaptive activities, we still need your help. Every donation, large or small, will go a long way. Please consider supporting NEHSA which is near and dear to my heart.
You can donate directly online with a credit card. All donations are secure and sent directly to NEHSA by GoFundMe, who will email you a printable record of your donation. If you would prefer to donate by check, please make the check payable to NEHSA but send it to me directly:
4 Arlene Ave
Stoneham MA 02180
For more information on NEHSA, please visit our website at www.nehsa.org.
Thanks in advance,