It seems like nothing can stop this eight-year-old New Zealander when it comes to cancer and skiing. In fact, Lochie Win is about to embark on her next quest to raise money and raise cancer awareness. This time, he planned a 12-hour endurance race at Coronet Peak Ski Resorthome to New Zealand’s first night skiing.
Lochie’s journey began several years ago when he was just four years old. On Valentine’s Day in 2018, her mother Rebecca was diagnosed with a rare form of adrenal cancer. Over the next 12 months, this little family of three, Luke, Rebecca and Lochie, managed to survive what seemed like endless doctor visits and hospital stays. Luke remembers this period explaining to a journalist“His hard for me to talk about now. When Lochie was about five years old, we discovered that Rebecca had cancer. I thought our world as we knew it was over as a family.” Reflecting on the experience in another interview, Luke shares“vsCancer can affect anyone at any time and the support the Cancer Society has given us as a family has been incredible. They were there from day one until the end. They were a godsend and still are in many ways to our family.
Then in 2020, when mom was better and in remission, Luke and Lochie bought season tickets for Cardona Alpine Resort. They thought it would be fun to try to ski 40 days this season to commemorate 40 years of Cardonae birthday. After COVID delayed the start of the season and jeopardized their mission to win 40 days of skiing, Lochie found himself chatting with a shop owner in Queensland. The shop owner quickly recognized the young boy’s interest in skiing and asked him how Lochi replied,
“Five days? No, I’m leaving for 40 days for Cardona’s 40e birthday!“So impressed with the boys’ enthusiasm for the sport, the owner replied, “If you do this, be sure to come visit me in my shop, and I will have a hoodie made for you.”
And from that chance exchange, Lochie’s plan grew as he and his dad decided to make their 40 days of skiing a fundraiser for TCS. In the end, they raised over NZ$10,000 through their kind efforts.
Continuing the momentum, Luke and Lochie looked to repeat their efforts in 2021, this time with even higher expectations. Lochie came up with another plan to try to ski every ski area in New Zealand with the aim of showing others that despite our busy daily lives, we can still make time to do something for others. This time around, Lochie pocketed an additional NZD$17,000 for TCS.
“After a while, people all over the country started hearing what Lochie was trying to do. We felt like part of their family in every area we visited. It was awesome and allowed Lochie and I to improve our ski thresholds tremendously.”
The Win family strongly believes that TCS has been instrumental in their care and it appears TCS shares similar sentiments. Talk about the Win family on their website TCS General Manager Rachael Hart had this to say“Lochie is our fundraising superstar. Not only does Lochie raise vital funds to support people with cancer, but he raises awareness of how the Cancer Society can support those facing a cancer diagnosis like his mother..”
This year’s fundraising challenge in support of the TCS will no doubt be no different. On August 5, 2022, and with the help of the New Zealand Coronet Peak Ski Team, Lochie will host an extraordinary 12-hour endurance ski/board challenge at Coronet Peak. Luke, Lochie and his family of friends will all get together and slide from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to help raise money and fight cancer. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed, most vertically traveled and most funds raised.
Well done Lochie! We wish you, your wonderful family and the rest of the participants good luck!! We look forward to hearing what you might have in store for us in the future!
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