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$135,000 raised to fight cancer

Gregory Crofton

Boarding For Breast Cancer’s Snowboarding + Music Festival shattered records this year raising $135,000 and drawing 6,000 people.

The ticket sales exceeded last year’s by $20,000.

The sixth-annual event was held April 14 at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Great weather, professional snowboarders and some of the top pop-rock acts in the country, such as Linkin Park and Kotton Mouth Kings, helped draw the largest crowd ever.

Since its inception in 1996, the BBC Foundation has raised more than $600,000. That money has gone to national and regional research and education programs, as well as BBC’s own youth-focused education program.

During this year’s festival people split their time riding quality spring snow, watching professionals turn tricks in the Half-Pipe and listening to the rap-rock that dominated the festival’s band lineup.

Constant was a crowd of at least 500 people watching the live music. A stage had been constructed to the right of the base lodge, north of a tent city set up by event sponsors and health educators.

Beside a yearly fund-raiser at Sierra-at-Tahoe, the nonprofit organization hosts six Board-A-Thons each year. So far, this year’s events have raised $32,000. The final Board-A-Thon of the season is set to be held April 28 at Mt. Bachelor, Ore.

BBC was founded by Monica Steward, a snowboarder with breast cancer, and Tina Basich, a pro-rider.

Steward died from the disease at 28, just months before the first BBC festival. A cyst in her breast had been misdiagnosed.

Basich attended April 14, just as she has every year. Unable to ride because of an injury, she took the stage in between bands and spoke about the disease and thanked the large crowd for paying $25 to $40 (advance tickets were cheaper) for their tickets.

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