My Echo Story: Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation |

My Echo Story: Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation

Debbie Strickland
NNCCF Executive Director

Every year, an estimated 263,000 new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide — an estimated 720 new kids affected every day. Just in the northern Nevada region, this equates to nearly 50 children diagnosed with some form of childhood cancer each year, with an average length of treatment ranging from two to five years. Enter the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation.

In addition to providing much needed emotional support, the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation assists families with everyday costs such as household living expenses, mortgage payments, rent, food, utilities, travel expenses related to treatment, medical expenses, and additional expenses the family might need assistance with during a child’s cancer treatment.

In a perfect world, organizations like NNCCF would not be needed. However, since so many kids are diagnosed with cancer annually, NNCCF puts a great importance on allocating funds toward cancer research. One way garner support is through the St. Baldrick’s Shave Night. St. Baldrick’s is a nonprofit organization committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives. This is the third year that NNCCF has brought St. Baldrick’s to Lake Tahoe, generating $49,391 and shaving 150 heads.

Help support childhood cancer research by signing up to be a South Lake Tahoe “shavee” and shaving your head along with those who fight! This year’s St. Baldrick’s Shave Night will take place Saturday, March 1 at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Skating Rink from 3-6 p.m. It is with the help of sponsors such as Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Resort and Vail Resorts Echo that the St. Baldrick’s Shave Night is a success and will continue to grow. If you are interested in shaving at this year’s event, please contact NNCCF at 775-825-0888.

— Corporate sustainability has always been fundamental for Kirkwood and Heavenly Mountain Resorts and their parent company, Vail Resorts. Through Vail Resorts Echo, our sustainability program, we hope to connect our communities to our efforts – from on the ground conservation programs to grants for local schools. Aimed at both protecting the natural resources that surround the resorts and helping build stronger communities where our employees live and work, Vail Resorts Echo encompasses three core efforts: environmental stewardship, charitable giving and community engagement. Want to learn more about VR Echo? Go to

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