Photo: Cancer survivor Sara Howard, 17, of Paddock Lake
A day off from battling cancer

(Published Jan. 3, 2007, 9:38 a.m.)

For the eighth straight season, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa hosted more than 50 kids who are battling cancer for a day of skiing and snowboarding at its Mountain Top ski hill. Photo: Cancer survivor and amputee Shawna Culp, 18, of Wheaton, IL.

While temps hovered in the mid-40s a week ago Thursday, there was plenty of snow and plenty of smiles to go around.

The kids, ages 9-19 and from Wisconsin and Illinois, are part of the non-profit group called One Step at a Time which sets up camp for two weeks in the summer and one week during the winter as George Williams College in Williams Bay.Photo: Leslie Ingold, 18, of Geneva, IL

Many of the skiers last Thursday were either in the midst of receiving treatment for cancer or have battled against all odds and defeated the disease. Many were camp counselors who themselves are cancer survivors and get together as a group for the One Step at a Time program.

Each winter Grand Geneva hosts One Step at a Time for a day of skiing and snowboarding, providing all the equipment, lift tickets and lunch.

"It's really a day that all of the Mountain Top staff looks forward to, from our equipment and sales associates to our professional teaching staff," said Hans Hauschild, director of operations for the Mountain Top. "What's most gratifying is seeing the kids on the hill cheering one another on and having a great time



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