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Athletes Announce the Launch of the Benchetler Fasani Foundation

Chelsea Litsey

October 6, 2022 – Mammoth Lakes, Calif. – Today professional snowboarder, and cancer survivor, Kimmy Fasani and her husband, skiing icon and artist Chris Benchetler, introduce their new 501(c)3 non-profit, The Benchetler Fasani Foundation. After a recent diagnosis, and recovery, of stage 3 breast cancer, Kimmy sought refuge in the outdoors as part of her healing process. Both Kimmy and Chris have spent decades on the snow as athletes, a place of healing for them both throughout their careers after experiencing the passing of their respective fathers and Kimmy’s mother to cancer.

With the outpouring of support this past year throughout Kimmy’s experience, their calling became clear and the foundation was created to pay it forward for those experiencing similar challenges. BFF is based on a simple mission: to provide a meaningful connection to the outdoors in order to facilitate the healing process for those who have suffered loss or hardship. It will provide outdoor experiences through curated trips with mentors and facilitators best aligned to each individual in an effort to promote healing.

“After sharing my journey this year, the support we’ve had has moved us more than we ever thought possible. We’ve also heard from many people in similar hardships and feel that we are in a position to help. We want to empower those struggling on to their own path of healing through nature.” – Kimmy Fasani

The foundation board members include:

Kimmy Fasani
Chris Benchetler
Ashley Otte
Jan Kaufman
Donna Carpenter

An online auction hosted on the GiveSmart platform, in collaboration with Burton, will open on October 11th at 10:00 am EST at BFF.givesmart.com. Up for grabs are a collection of custom items and experiences including: a 7-day backcountry heli and cat trip in Hokkaido Japan, limited-edition skis and snowboards, and one-of-a-kind products. Additionally, the auction will showcase exclusive artwork from Chris Benchetler in collaboration with Specialized bikes, Atomic skis, premium giclee prints and more. Bidding will begin on October 11th and end on October 14th.

Today, Atomic unveils limited edition t-shirts with all of the proceeds going towards the Benchetler Fasani Foundation at atomic.com. On October 18th Juneshine will be launching a new flavor in honor of Kimmy with two dollars from each purchase going towards the Benchetler Fasani Foundation. Limited edition shirts and beanies designed and hand-dyed by Peter Forsythe, one of the original Grateful Dead t-shirt artists, will also be available at bf-foundation.org.

A huge thank you to all of Benchetler Fasani Foundation’s supporting partners: Alterra Resorts, Atomic, Alpenhof Lodge, B4BC, Bubs, Burton, Dragon, CB Ink, Clif Bar, GoPro, Hokkaido Backcountry Club, Juneshine, Mammoth Mountain, North Face, Petras, Rusutsu Resort, Sarah Clarke, Smartwool, Specialized, and Wilder + Beyond.

Please join the mission, donate at BFF.givesmart.com.

About Benchetler Fasani Foundation
After experiencing their own hardships and losses due to cancer, pro skier Chris Benchetler and his wife and pro snowboarder Kimmy Fasani created the Benchetler Fasani Foundation in order to utilize their unique position in the community to help others heal. The foundation will provide a meaningful connection to the outdoors for those who have suffered loss or hardship, by offering experiences and the healing properties only found in nature. For more information, visit bf-foundation.org or @thebffoundation on Instagram.

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