TRUXTON, N.Y. -- It's an event that began as a way to support a Central New York woman battling breast cancer. Amie Shaffer lost that fight, but the work of the annual Save the Peaks event continues.
The fifth Save the Peaks ski race and fundraiser was held at Labrador Mountain Saturday. The goal is to raise awareness about breast cancer and funds for research. That mission was close to Amie Shaffer's heart. She was diagnosed with the disease when she was 26 and passed away at age 39.
Family and friends say the growing popularity of the event shows that Amie may be gone, but her work lives on.
"The way Amie believed it to be too, cancer affected more than just her and her family, it affects everybody. And Save the Peaks is helping more than just Amie and her family, it's helping many, many people and getting the word out," said Denise Murray, one of the organizers of Save the Peaks.
"It's good to donate so people don't have to go through what me and my family and friends had to go through with my mom, they don't have to see people suffer from cancer," said Sydnie Sullivan, Shaffer's daughter.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY.