Scott Hughes knew how to live. From his earliest years, anyone could see that he had an energy and an enthusiasm for life that few people in this world are smart or lucky enough to experience. And even when, at the age of 15, he contracted kidney disease and was forced to endure both dialysis and a kidney transplant, his spiritual energy never waned even when his physical energy was depleted. For four years, the transplant successfully enabled Scott to complete high school. Not one to accept the ordinary, Scott also managed to race for his high school's ski team and following graduation went on to the University of Oregon.
Unfortunately, the disease returned to Scott's kidney and he to dialysis, but he prevailed and graduated from college with a degree in Resort and Recreation Management. Thereafter, he moved to the Fraser River Valley, where he became a counselor at the Vacation Kidney Center at the YMCA. Located at the Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA just outside Winter Park, Colorado, the Vacation Kidney Center of the Rockies blends state-of-the art dialysis machines with the majesty of the Rocky Mountains. A true, sleep-away camp for kids, it enables pediatric kidney patients to participate in traditional camp activities. Arts and crafts, sports, fishing, hiking and scenic outdoor living are all offered to its week-long campers, while treatments and medical attention are provided throughout the summer.
Scott was impressed with the program because he so believed that kids with chronic disease need to know they can do all the things other kids can do, and this camp offers the opportunity to make that discovery. As Scott never allowed himself to be defined by kidney disease, so this program inspires that attitude in other young people.
The world suffered a great loss when Scott succumbed to this dreaded disease in 1994 when he was 24 years old. But his memory and his spirit live on. Upon his death, his parents, Kent and Jancie Hughes, created the Scott Hughes Endowment Fund to provide scholarships to young campers wishing to attend the glorious camp where Scott once worked. (The Fund is administered by the Children's Hospital Foundation in Denver, CO.) In 2000, his friends and family joined together to create the FurBall Open (dubbed as such for his college nickname). A not-for-profit event, the FurBall Open will donate sponsor proceeds and players' tournament registration fees to the Scott Hughes Endowment Fund. After raising more than $67,000 over the past 14 years, Scott's family and friends are excited about a record year in 2016!
To learn more about the Camp Chief Ouray/YMCA Camp of the Rockies, go to http://www.campchiefouray.org/
On behalf of Scott's friends and family, we sincerely appreciate your interest and participation in the FurBall Open. We know Scott would thank you too...
And he'd hope that you have a great time!