David Back on the Ski Slopes!

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YES! On Tuesday, February the 25th, with the help of the good people at Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports program (CMARS), David was back doing one of his most favorite things, skiing on snow.

While David was getting ready to ski I went out to get a couple of runs in to get my legs warmed up. On my second run down I stopped to rest near the bottom of the main lift. Above me I heard, “DAD, DAD, DAD”. I looked up to see David going up the ski lift. He had a HUGE Smile on his face. He was in his element, on a mountain, on skis, lots of snow, with friends and looking forward to his first run.

David enjoyed skiing the mountain, skiing the jumps in the terrain park and hanging out with friends. It was very hard for me to even stay close to him. He is still a much better skier than me.

A big THANK YOU goes out to the people at CMARS Adaptive Snowsports Program for making this day happen. To learn more about CMARS click here. Check out their Skiing and Boarding program, and a picture of  David Skiing the mountain with Dan, by clicking here.

Overall David is doing well. He has had issues with a sore back and very dry skin on his elbows. He uses his elbows to help lift himself while sitting in his chair. As always he is moving forward and working his way through these issues.

His goal is still to get out and thank as many people as possible for their support. However, weather, schooling and other physical issues have been holding him back. He is still working out and is getting stronger. Ideally he would like to get out in his new manual wheelchair so people can see how their support is impacting him.

This afternoon David’s friend Sam is taking him up to Granite Gorge to see some of the Snowmobile Hill Climb that is taking place there today.

That is all for now.

David & family are all very grateful for all of the positive support David has been receiving.

Thank you for your prayers, love and support.

We have been very blessed.

David’s Dad Paul

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David Will Drop The Puck At The Boston Bruins Alumni Classic

David will be dropping the puck at the Boston Bruins Alumni Classic on February 10th.

David will be dropping the puck at the Boston Bruins Alumni Classic on February 10th at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, February 10th.

On that date David will be dropping the puck to start the Hockey Benefit Game between the Legends of the Boston Bruins Alumni and the mighty Crotched Mountain Wild.

All proceeds from the Boston Bruins Alumni Classic will benefit Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation & Sports (CMARS)

CMARS provides hundreds of lessons each year for children and adults with disabilities to safely learn to ski and snowboard, kayak and canoe, cycle and hike and participate in other recreational sports with the support of adaptive equipment.

The Bruins Alumi team is drawn from a roster that includes Bruins legends Terry O’Reilly, Brad Park, Reggie Lemelin, Bruce Shoebottom, Rick Middleton and many more. Players will be on-hand for autographs. Raffle prizes include autographed sports memorabilia, sporting event tickets and a chance to participate in on-ice games between the periods. Lots of fun for everyone.

David is very excited about participating in this event, “I’m excited about this opportunity to help out and support the organization that got me back on snow after my accident and helps many others like me get out and have some fun!”

(Courtesy of CMARS, you will be seeing David on snow again this February.)

Date and Time
Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Where
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH

Cost
$10.00

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For tickets and event info – http://www.cmf.org/tickets/

To Learn more about CMARS go to: http://crotchedmountain.org/Programs-and-Services/CMARS/CMARS

To Learn more the Boston Bruins Alumni go to: www.bostonbruinsalumni.com

David would love to see as many of his friends, family and supporters at this game has possible.

Looking forward to seeing you all there…

David’s Dad Paul Hudgik