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Peter Villeneuve, Melanie Villeneuve, Sarah Buswell, Linc Gauthier, Jacques Villeneuve and Lucie Villeneuve with the new van purchased by Cynthia's Challenge

5th Annual Cynthia’s Challenge Ski-A-Thon at King Pine Delivers Handicap Van

Posted On
Jun 15 2018

East Madison, NH (June 14, 2018): Cynthia's Challenge, a 24-hour Ski-A-Thon held this past March 2018 at King Pine Ski Area delivered on the promise to purchase a $65,000 handicap van for a local family in need. On Wednesday afternoon, June 13, the handicap van was presented to the Villeneuve family at King Pine Ski Area. The $65,000 raised at the ski-a-thon covered the cost of a handicap van for 9-year old, Jacques Villeneuve of Freedom, NH. Jacques was diagnosed at a young age with Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum as well as Diplegic Spastic Cerebral Palsy. Jacques' parents have to physically lift him into their vehicle every time they plan on going anywhere and then have enough room for storage for his walking assistance devices.


In its fifth year, Cynthia's Challenge has now raised over $246,000 to fulfill the needs of children including a service dog for Cynthia Verrill and handicap accessible vans for Sammy Gillard, Kevin Dall, Faith Holt, and now one purchased for Jacques Villeneuve’s family.


Tax deductible donations are still being accepted to help Cynthia’s Challenge continue to operate and support local families. Online donations are welcome at and checks made out to Cynthia’s Challenge are also being accepted. For more information, please call King Pine or Purity Spring Resort at (603) 367-8896 or email




About Cynthia’s Challenge

Cynthia’s Challenge is a registered 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization in the State of New Hampshire. Cynthia’s Challenge was created in an effort to support children and their families encountering the staggering expenses associated with the financial burden of specialty medical needs. Funds raised from the annual 24-hour Ski-A-Thon are used to provide financial and logistical support to families confronted with profound medical needs of disabled and/or handicapped children.


About King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort

King Pine Ski Area, located in Madison, New Hampshire, is part of Purity Spring Resort and has a rich tradition of delivering outdoor fun and family recreation. Conveniently located between the Lakes Region and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Purity Spring Resort has been owned and operated by the Hoyt family since the late 1800s and today offers a variety of year-round family destinations.