Join Expedia and St. Jude in fighting childhood cancer: Enter to win a ski-lovers dream vacation
I love watching my children ski. I love the way they fling themselves fearlessly down the mountain. I love that eleven-year-old Tommy never misses a chance to catch some air and that his eight-year-old brother Teddy follows right behind so that he can be cool too. I love that they’ve started insisting on riding the chairlift together, just the two of them, no grownups allowed. I love that they ski fast and hard, that they always want to take one more run. I love that they gather the accomplishment of black diamond trails as if they were actually precious stones. I love being on a mountain with them in the wind and sun, smelling pine and feeling the snow beneath our feet.
I’m inexpressibly lucky that I experience this joy on a routine basis. Far too many families – According to the American Cancer Society over 11,000 annually in the United States – who might otherwise ski together instead have to spend their time, energy, and treasure fighting childhood cancer.
Instead of skiing together these families must turn to hospitals like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which not only treats young cancer patients, but conducts critical research. Over time that research has increased the survival rate for these children from 20 to 80 percent with an admirable goal of raising the number to 90 percent over the next decade.
So what does childhood cancer have to do with skiing or family travel? September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the travel booking site Expedia has teamed up with its travel partners around the world to offer 150 dream trips as prizes for donations to St. Jude.
The prizes are pretty phenomenal, ranging from taking a luxury trip across Germany to finding your bliss in Bali. But this week we’re all about skiing here and at the new Back to Ski website, which is why I’m happy to announce that if you give as little as $5 and you can be entered to win a Ski-lovers Dream Vacation.
I can’t think of a more appropriate prize to share during Back to Ski Week, can you? The winner will get to stay in luxury accommodations at not one, not two, not three, but four incredible ski resorts: Whistler, Mammoth Lakes, Steamboat Springs, and Park City. We’re talking full-on luxury – suites, spas, and of course access to some of the best slopes around.
That’s two weeks of mountain bliss, worth $7437. Visit the prize page to make your donation, enter to win, and get all of the details.
If that prize doesn’t appeal to you, perhaps another listing might catch your eye – some of my fellow bloggers have written about prizes dear to their hearts including Kara Williams of The Vacation Gals who shared a Vail Townhome Getaway (more skiing, or if you prefer, spa treatments and four-star dining) and Amie O’Shaughnessy of Ciao Bambino! who dreams of returning to the Four Seasons Resort in Marrakech. I’m honored that Expedia included me in the list of bloggers writing about these fabulous prizes, and want to say a special kudos to Anne Taylor Hartzell of Hip Travel Mama who coordinated the project, invited us all to participate, and wrote about her own experience with a sick child with such passion and love.
And of course, you don’t have to visit during the colder months – the prize is good throughout the year until the fall of 2014 (all the details and blackout dates are available on the prize page). But if you’re like me, you’re already imagining a winter chock full of fabulous skiing with stays in blissfully luxurious surroundings like Nita Lake Lodge at Whistler or the Westin Monache Resort in Mammoth Lakes.
And no matter whether you win or where you ski, while you’re watching your kids beat you to the bottom of that bump run you can know in your heart that you helped make a difference because 100 percent of your donation went to help fight childhood cancer.
You can donate every day in September. What are you waiting for?
P.S. There are also several other ways to support St. Jude via Expedia. Give $25 and you will earn a 20 percent discount coupon for hotel bookings on Expedia’s mobile app or a 10 percent discount coupon for Expedia.com online hotel bookings. Expedia Rewards members can also donate the value of their Rewards points to St Jude.
Interested in learning more about Back to Ski week (including the chance to win some more fabulous skiing prizes)? Get all the #backtoski details here. And be sure to visit the Back to Ski Facebook page, where you can enter to win a ski trip to Keystone Resort in Colorado.