Team FD Ups the Ante; Fundraising Goal Raised to $500,000

After hitting its initial goal in only five months, First Descents’ fundraising athletes raise the bar
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First Descents, a Colorado-based young adult cancer non-profit, is setting a higher fundraising goal for 2011 after meeting its initial goal of $300,000 only five months into the year. First Descents’ athlete-driven fundraising force, Team FD, crossed the fundraising finish line way ahead of schedule!. So, Team FD is now announcing a new fundraising goal of $500,000 for 2011.

“Our program experience is all about challenge and Team FD is a natural extension of that,” says Lisa Goldstein, First Descents Team FD Manager. “Reaching $300,000 this soon is a testament to the amazing generosity of our supporters and Team FD athletes. But in the true spirit of FD, we felt we needed to dial up the challenge for the remainder of 2011-- so we’re all excited to to keep pushing toward our new $500,000 goal!”

In 2010, more than 180 fundraisers and athletes joined Team FD, raising a total of $179,674.95 for First Descents. This year, Team FD has far exceeded last year’s fundraising mark, with its major events still to come.

2011 Team FD Events

• Triple Bypass Bike Ride – July 10, 2011

• Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Half and Full Marathon – Oct. 9, 2011

• New York City Marathon – Nov. 6, 2011.

Team FD is made up of athletes and cancer survivors at all levels of competition, each sharing the goal of supporting First Descents and the young adult cancer population. Team FD is all about Challenge. It’s about each individual picking an activity which represents a challenge to him or her, training for it, setting a fundraising goal and completing that challenge. The challenge can be something solo in nature, or it could be part of an event like the Kona Ironman or a local 5k. It’s all about what defines challenge for each person!

First Descents is a non-profit organization providing free outdoor adventure therapy to young adults fighting, surviving and living with cancer. For more information on joining Team FD click here.

First Descents is a non-profit organization offering young adults with cancer a free week-long outdoor adventure experience designed to enable them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same. www.FirstDescents.org

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