JACKSON, NH—Dec. 14, 2012—For some, particularly families of service men and women returning from duty overseas, the holidays can be especially stressful. Christmas Can Cure helps service families enjoy a stress-free Christmas season that often ignites a matriculation to less stressful day-to-day living. AbilityPLUS, an organization that provides recreational opportunities for people with all manner of disabilities, is again partnering with Christmas Can Cure to give three military families a day of skiing and riding at its Attitash Mountain Resort location Saturday.
New Hampshire’s Dr. Gerald and Delores Carrier family conceived Christmas Can Cure. It began as an idea to invite a returning service man or woman and their family to join the Carrier family for a White Christmas in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Soon, the vision evolved into a program that today hosts injured service men/women and their families in New Hampshire and the mountains of Park City, Utah during the holiday season. The mission of Christmas Can Cure is to remember the true spirit of Christmas and to provide a vehicle to help grateful citizens show their thanks to the men and women who have sacrificed so much in service to our country. Christmas Can Cure families are selected in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project, and AbilityPLUS provides adaptive sports programs for the families hosted in Jackson, NH.
Saturday, December 15th at Attitash Mountain Resort, three Christmas Can Cure military families will enjoy alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides and other activities that will be made accessible by AbilityPLUS. “We’re thrilled to be welcoming Christmas Can Cure back to Attitash,” said AbilityPLUS Program Director Liz Wehmeyer, “and unlike other years, this year we will be teaching everyone in the families how to ski and board!” Recreational activities like skiing and snowboarding may have not been possible without the help of the skilled instructors and volunteers from AbilityPLUS, and the support of Attitash Resort.
AbilityPLUS provides adaptive athletic and recreational programs year ‘round from its facilities at Wildcat Mountain and Attitash Resort in New Hampshire, and Mount Snow, Vermont, with partnerships throughout New England. AbilityPLUS is a 501(c) 3 organization that serves people with all manner of physical and developmental disabilities, from injured members of the Armed Forces to children with autism across the spectrum. AbilityPLUS programs are designed to create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, emotional and athletic potential. AbilityPLUS is a chapter of Disabled Sports USA, and is a Paralympic Sport Club. For more information about Saturday’s program at Attitash, call Liz Wehmeyer at 603-374-2688. For further information about all AbilityPLUS programs, volunteering, and to make a donation please visit www.abilityplus.org or call (800) 287-8415 x103.