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Shining Stars Foundation Aspen Winter Games
March 2, 2017 - March 10, 2017
The Aspen Winter Games Program is an 8 day adaptive snowboard and ski recreation program held every year for over 300 participants, including children, their medical team, instructors, and volunteers. Children living with cancer or another life threatening illness are taken to the slopes in Aspen and given everything they need to ski or ride, including lift tickets, gear, lodging, meals, transportation, and one-on-one adaptive lessons. Kids also enjoy dance parties, music lessons, movie nights, swimming, campfires, snowmobiling, yoga, crafts, and games.
Most children served have a disability, including muscle weakness, paralysis, and amputation. Over 80% of participants are on active treatment for their illness. The emphasis of the week is on empowering each child and giving them a sense of hope, by pushing them to accomplish things on the mountain that they never thought possible. Activities also bond children with one another, giving them life-long relationships through which they gain strength and support for the journey ahead. Each child learns to focus on all that they can do, rather than their limitations.