Injury Raises Donations for National Ski Patrol at SIA

How does one make the best of a full arm cast at SIA? A rainbow of sharpies and a mission!
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How does one make the best of a full arm cast at SIA? A rainbow of sharpies and a mission!

Being injured at a trade show isn't the worst thing in the world, but it's not the best either. After an unexciting, but consequential, snowboarding incident, a glow in the dark Cast arrived at SIA '12 as a tabula rasa.

At the suggestion of Randy Black, the president of Polarmax (http://www.polarmax.com), the Cast set out to raise awareness and $$ for a nonprofit organization, and the National Ski Patrol (NSP) was identified as a very worthy and appropriate cause, having treated over 6 million people since 1970 at no cost to the injured.

Accompanied by a rainbow of Sharpies, the cast encouraged all to make their colorful mark for posterity and donate $1 to the NSP (www.nsp.org). By the end of Day 2 at SIA, the Cast had raised $103 for the NSP, and garnered more than 70 signatures, providing a bright, colorful work that brightened the day of the wearer, and created some visibility for the cause.

The Cast is hoping to skip the shows next season, but thanks everyone who participated in the rainbow project, and encourages all to go to www.nsp.org and make a donation to support the National Ski Patrol organization, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary at next year's SIA show.

The Cast would also like to take the opportunity to encourage people to “Know Before You Go” (http://www.nsp.org/EduPrograms/avalanche.aspx). Learn the basics of avalanche safety BEFORE you go out into out-of-bounds or backcountry areas.

Be safe out there!

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