Cynthia's Challenge raises $31K to help buy service dog

Special to the Union Leader
April 17. 2014 10:23PM

MADISON — Proceeds from King Pine’s Ski-A-Thon raised $31,369 to help a local family purchase a service dog for their daughter who suffers from tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). The service dog will serve as an early alert system before the onset of seizures.

Cynthia’s Challenge was held March 21-22 at King Pine Ski Area and brought the community together to help Stacie and Kevin Verrill, who are employees at Purity Spring and King Pine. Their 11-year old daughter was born with TSC.

TSC is a rare, genetic disease that causes benign tumors to grow in the brain and on other vital organs. It usually affects the central nervous system and results in seizures, developmental delays and kidney disease. There is no cure.

In total, 145 skiers and snowboarders participated in the 24-hour event.

“It was an incredible show of support by the local community and also from King Pine whose ski patrol, lift operators and many additional employees volunteered their time to see the event through the night. We feel fortunate to be able to make this large contribution to Cynthia’s life. With the service dog by her side it will allow her to live more independently,” said Alexandra Coakley, marketing coordinator for Purity Spring Resort and the Hoyt Family of Businesses.

Many local businesses offered their services and provided donations to make the event a success.

The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge was held the same day at King Pine, and the Dew Crew stayed through the night to provide music and entertainment for Cynthia’s Challenge.

The lunch, sponsored by the Yankee Smokehouse and Thrivent Financial, was a hit with pulled pork, burgers and grilled chicken. The White Mountain Cupcakery added something sweet to the mix with its award-winning cupcakes. The Yankee Smokehouse also donated $500 toward the fund from the pizza fundraiser they ran before the event.

Atlas Fireworks and Bank of New Hampshire put on a spectacular fireworks show Friday night.

Cynthia’s Challenge also recognizes the following businesses for their support: Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, Bavarian Chocolate Haus, Bagels Plus, Believe in Books, Boyle’s Market, D’Angelos, Easy Care Crate Mats, Friendlies, Flatbread Pizza, Indian Mound Golf Course, Inn at Crystal Lake, Leavitts Bakery, PepsiCo, Province Lake Golf Course, Rosies, Santa’s Village, Silver Lake Massage Therapy, SnoCountry, Starbucks, StoryLand, Subway in Ossipee, Sweet Maple Cafe, The Sound Resort and The Valley Originals.

For information, call King Pine or Purity Spring resort at 800-373-3754 or visit

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