Jack Savage Memorial Fund Ski-A-Thon --Team Paul

Hey Guys!

As many of you know, my friend Jack passed away in late May after a 5 year long battle with Ewing's Sarcoma, and together with family and some of his close friends have decided to kick off an annual fundraiser to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center benefitting Adolescent and Young Adult cancer research in Jack's name.

The Event

Jack was always the adventure seeker. I remember him skiing around 45 days in a row last year all over New Mexico and Colorado. This led to the decision to combine our fundraising efforts with a weekend ski trip to Crested Butte, Colorado on February 4-7th, 2021. There will also be an online silent auction with a lot of great trips and items! (link coming soon) The event is open to anyone interested and we look forward to sharing plenty of laughs and stories about Jack while benefitting a great cause that has been truly underfunded for some time now. If you want to find out more about the event, please check it out at the google doc below and feel free to reach out if you have anymore questions.


Skiers will be responsible for their own trip expenses, so all donations will go directly to MD Anderson and all donations are tax deductible. We understand today's climate may make it difficult to spare anything for donations and we completely understand.  In lieu of a donation, I ask that you share this GoFundMe with anyone that may be interested in donating or attending the event.  Every little bit helps and any donation would be greatly appreciated!

There are two options one can donate.

Option 1.  you can make one flat donation directly to this page       OR

Option 2.  to spice things up a bit, we came up with a more interactive way to donate. We found an app that will track the number of runs I do during the 2 days skiing. You can donate $X per run I am able to complete at the end of the two days of skiing. If you choose this option, donate the amount you choose to donate per run and in the comment of your donation please type "per run." After the event I will reach out and ask you to donate the rest you committed.

    EX: donate $5  and type "per run" in comment. If I ski 40 runs over the 2 days that is at total of $200 and I will ask you to donate the remaining $195 ($5 initial donation + the remaining $195 =$200) to this GoFundMe page

NOTE: you can also set a max donation limit for option 2 if you think my knees are stronger than your wallet

Jack Curtis Savage

Jack Curtis Savage , beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on May 25, 2020 at the age of 26 after a hard five-year battle with Ewing sarcoma.

Jack was a member of the 2012 pledge class from Lamar Highschool in Houston, Texas.  He was excited to follow his scholastically-gifted sister Ashley’s footsteps in attending U.T., and despite focusing primarily on athletics in highschool, Jack surprised all by becoming a diligent, focused student. Because of his love of animals and science, he dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Jack was lighthearted, optimistic, and adventurous.  Having received offers to play linebacker at Division 1 NCAA football programs, Jack was truly an imposing figure. But his personality could not have matched less: He was kind, lighthearted, adventurous, and incredibly compassionate. He only ever used his size to stand up for what he knew was right (and dish out some punishment in pledge football). 

Even as he underwent round after round of radiation and chemotherapy, he continued to work on a iPhone app and adaptive medical clothing line he created for cancer patients receiving treatment. He stayed close to each one of his pledge brothers until his passing, having been unanimously dubbed “best-dressed” at his pledge brother Cameron Johnson’s wedding just a few short months before his passing (he was wearing a green velvet tuxedo). During his final days, Jack got to enjoy a party with many of his closest friends, including more than 15 pledge brothers driving in from all parts of the state for one last get-together filled with stories and laughter.  His friends will most remember his spontaneous attitude  and that contagious laughter. 

MD Anderson

More information about The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.


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    • $100 
    • 5 d
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    • $475 
    • 6 d
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    • $50 
    • 8 d
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    • $50 
    • 10 d
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    • $50 
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Fundraising team: Team Paul (8)

Paul De Ayala 
Raised $4,480 from 44 donations
Houston, TX
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
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Mac Cady 
Team member
Raised $175 from 3 donations
Corey Fruithandler 
Team member
Raised $120 from 2 donations
Brooks Beckelman 
Team member
Raised $100 from 2 donations
Peyton Wilson 
Team member
Raised $50 from 1 donation
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