NAMED AFTER SIMON
"Simon's Way" at Brighton Ski ResortMEDIA COVERAGE OF DEDICATION
KSL5 Eyewitness News
ABC4 News at 5:00 pm on April 14, 2006
Deseret Morning News on April 21, 2006
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Image proof for the new ski run sign.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mary Craig (Simon Vodosek's mother)
Brighton Names Ski Run After Childhood Cancer Victim
Brighton Ski Resort will name a ski run in memory of Simon Craig Vodosek, who died in 2004 at the age of seven of neuroblastoma. The run will be named "Simon's Way." On January 17, 2004 Simon skied on the same run under the Explorer Lift that will be named after him. It was his first time on skis. Although he had to work his way through an initial bout of frustration and tears, he found new energy while taking a break for lunch at Brighton's Alpine Rose restaurant. After that, he had a marvelous time the rest of that day.
On April 14, 2006 at 2 pm, Simon's family and friends will gather at the bottom of the Explorer Lift for the unveiling of the new run name. The sign for "Simon's Way" has been donated by Tom Pfaff of the downtown Sign-A-Rama in Salt Lake City.
Special all-day ski passes for April 14th are available through Simon's family at a cost of $34 for adults and $30 for youth (11-15, kids 10 and under ski free). Brighton has generously offered to discount the passes, and Simon's family will be able to donate $12 of each adult ticket and $8 of each youth ticket to the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation. CNCF supports research into neuroblastoma and educates the public, pediatricians, and families about this vicious form of cancer. The Foundation provided invaluable support to Simon's family throughout his 33-month struggle with the disease and continues to offer support in their bereavement. The special passes are available from Simon's parents, Mary Craig and Markus Vodosek (email@example.com). It is also possible to attend the dedication without actually putting on skis or purchasing a pass because the site of the dedication is accessible on foot.
Naming something after Simon--in a place where he actually spent time and found joy during his life--offers Simon's family and friends the chance to remember his vibrant spirit. Simon never let his cancer slow him down. Just days before he ventured onto the slopes for the first time in his life, his family had learned that he was facing a resurgence of disease that would require further intensive treatment.
Although Simon was unable to beat back the new wave of cancer, he tried skiing several more times that winter. He lived another seven months and died at home on August 6, 2004. To learn more about Simon, visit http://www.simonsplace.org.
For additional information go to:
Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation
Images of Simon on skies at Brighton: