Fundraiser launched for family of 22-year-old snowboarder who died at Mount Washington

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A fundraiser has been launched for the family of a snowboarder who died on Mount Washington last week.

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Tristan Alexander, 22, had been snowboarding in bounds with four friends when he fell in intermediate terrain, according to the Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

“He was a wonderful son, brother, grandson, cousin and friend who touched the lives of those around him,” says a fundraising page created by close family friend Vanessa Wyllie. “Tristan was an elite athlete and exemplary student.”

The page said Alexander’s family is reeling from what has happened, and has already lived through death of his sister at the age of three from an inoperable brain tumour. “The layers of loss and grief are enormous.”

Wyllie says the family is thankful “beyond words” for the money raised. More than $40,000 had been raised as of late Tuesday afternoon, surpassing the initial goal of $30,000 in just 22 hours.

“The family has endured numerous health crises over the past three years and they have always approached these challenges with a positive attitude and grace that has been an inspiration to all who know them,” she says in an update posted on the fundraising page. “It is inconceivable that this wonderful young man who has been such a source of strength and resilience has been taken from them.

“Tristan has truly touched the hearts of many, his legacy will live on forever through the people he impacted.”

A search for Alexander was triggered Jan. 5 after he failed to meet his friends at the bottom of a Mount Washington run as planned. He was found unresponsive with no signs of trauma, and could not be revived.

> The GoFundMe page is at ca.gofundme.com/f/xc6e7-in-memory-of-tristan-alexander

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