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‘Romp to Stomp’ is around the corner

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Summit County, CO Colorado

FRISCO ” After her friend was diagnosed with breast cancer, local resident Megan Dugan wanted to do something in her honor.

That’s when she discovered the Tubbs Romp to Stomp Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series in Frisco. Immediately, she signed up and sent an e-mail to her friends, family and co-workers with the story of her friend’s strength and battle with breast cancer, asking them to help in any way they could.

“I was blown away by the response and generosity,” Dugan wrote in an e-mail. “No one turned me down.”

This year, Joan Davids, of Silverthorne, who helps with the event, is challenging others to do the same and fundraise for the March 8 event at the Frisco Nordic Center.

This is the sixth year the snowshoe walk and fun race will be held in Frisco, and last year nearly $90,000 was raised by the about 1,900 participants, Davids said.

“I always ask people to challenge each other,” Davids said. Often times people don’t realize how easy it can be by simply sending out an e-mail and having a website where friends and family can donate, she added.

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The teams and individuals who raise the most will be awarded prizes such as a ski pass and outdoor equipment, Davids said. Additionally, raffle tickets will be given to all those who fundraise before the event through in-person cash or checks or via the on-line credit card system.

The 2008 Romp to Stomp series started at the end of January in New Jersey and events were also held in Utah, Vermont and Oregon. The money raised will benefit breast cancer research, education and screening.

Without a cure, 1-in-8 women in the U.S. will continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer and in the next 25 years, more than 1 million Americans could die of it, according Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Throughout the past 25 years, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has worked to become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world, according to information on the Romp to Stomp website.

One of the victories that is now being seen is that the five-year survival rate for breast cancer when caught before it spreads is 98 percent, compared to 74 percent in 1982. Also, nearly 75 percent of women older than 40 receive regular mammograms, which is the most effective tool in detection. In 1982, that number was less than 30 percent, according to the organization.

When: 9 a.m. March 8

Where: Frisco Nordic Center.

What: A 3K, 5K snowshoe walk or 3K fun race to benefit breast cancer research, education and screenings.

Cost: $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event.

Register: Online registration is available at http://www.tubbsromptostomp.com. People can also register March 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at any Wells Fargo Bank or at Coldwater Creek in Silverthorne from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More info: There is no parking or dropping off at the event. Buses will run regularly from the three parking lots ” Summit High School, Summit Middle School and the County Commons. People will be required to register or check-in at the lots before boarding the bus and are encouraged to bring or rent their own snowshoes. Up to 400 pairs will be available for use on a first come basis.