The core of the event is the Celebration of Life Ceremony at 1:30 PM on the summit of Hidden Peak, which participants may reach via hike or tram ride. There will be two keynote speakers.
Dov Siporin is a 39-year-old, stage 4 colon cancer survivor that refers to himself as the “incurable patient.” In his own words, “he has roughly enjoyed 5,600 hours of chemotherapy, seven surgeries, three months of radiation and close to 10,000 hours in physician waiting rooms. Over the past five years, Dov, a husband father and self-proclaimed “prankster” has played countless pranks on the staff where he is treated. On his first day of radiation, to surprise technicians, he had his wife write on his posterior, “Does my butt look big?” The second keynote will be given by Dave Doepner of West Valley City. Dave will share his experience of caring for his beloved wife for seven years while she fought for her life. Doepner says that although he provided for her daily care and support, it was Cancer Wellness House that gave his wife the “social support to feel stronger and more connected, giving her an expanded view of the world beyond cancer.
There will be a special musical performance by local musician and cancer survivor, Marshall Jensen. The One Voice Children’s Choir will also perform. Additional festivities on the peak include live music courtesy of the Dunmore Lasses, Kid’s crafts, face painting and glitter tattoos.
A unique and fun event for the entire family, Survivors at the Summit is open to anyone whose life has been touched by cancer or anyone who would like to support the cancer community. It gives people a chance to come together for love, friendship, celebration or remembrance in an inspirational and recreational event.
The event begins at 9:00 AM with a pancake breakfast sponsored cooked by Snowbird’s chefs. Participants will enjoy live music on the plaza, courtesy of The Jai Breisch Trio, table-side magic and other activities. Guided hikes to the summit leave between 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM, dependent on the skill and pace of the hiker. Tram rides to the summit will be available between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
Those who reach the summit will be greeted by hundreds of yellow tribute flags waving on the skyline of the Wasatch Mountains. The flags, modeled after traditional Tibetan prayer flags, honor people with cancer, survivors and those who have passed away.
The hike is representative of the many challenges people face upon receiving a cancer diagnosis, the difficult climb through treatment, and the triumph of reaching your 'personal summit' of wellness.
Registration is $25 for people eight years old and above. All registrants receive a tote pack, along with a t-shirt, pancake breakfast ticket, tram pass to Hidden Peak (for non-hikers) and a tribute flag. The pancake breakfast is $5 per person. Registration and individual tribute flags are $25 and may be purchased online at the Cancer Wellness House or at the event.
###Press Release from Survivors at the Summit