PERU - Hundreds of moms and mom supporters turned out on Feb. 7 for a day of skiing in support of the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center Patient Resources Fund.

More than, 470 skiers participated in this year's "Mom's Day Off" event, raising $7,065 to help patients undergoing cancer treatment at the Bennington cancer center.

"This is the largest group we have had since the event began supporting our local cancer center," said Bill Cairns, president of Bromley Mountain. "Conditions were outstanding and the crowd was excited to be here for such a great cause. The energy was so positive, and we are delighted to be able to make this gift to aide our fellow community members as they fight cancer. We hope this event continues to grow each year.

From left, Thomas Dee, CEO of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care, accepts a check of $7,065 from Bill Cairns of Bromley Mountain. Leslie Keefe,
From left, Thomas Dee, CEO of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care, accepts a check of $7,065 from Bill Cairns of Bromley Mountain. Leslie Keefe, vicepresident of corporate development at the far right, and Dr. Charlene Ives, a medical oncologist with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, look on. (ourtesy photo)
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Mom's Day Off began 12 years ago and has been benefitting local cancer patients since 2012. The event is held on a Friday and mothers are encouraged to take the day off and ski for just $15. Bromley turns 100 percent of the ticket proceeds from this special day over to the cancer center. Since its inception 12 years ago, the event has raised more than $60,000 to fight cancer.

"We are extremely grateful to Bromley for partnering with us on this event," stated Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care. "Since 2012, Bromley has contributed just under $20,000 from this event to help the patients of our cancer center."

The patient resources fund relieves some of the stress that can accompany a cancer diagnosis by providing for support services and covering some unexpected out of pocket expenses for patients.

Dr. Orion Howard, a medical oncologist with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and the medical director of the cancer center, had this to say about Moms Day Off:

"Receiving donations like this helps us continue to provide top-quality care to our patients," he said. "It is wonderful to have so much support from the communities we serve."