Jeff "Biff" Beinhaur said he refuses to lie around on a couch waiting to die from pancreatic cancer.
"I've got too much to live for," he said. "I got a 16-year-old daughter. I want to see her get through school and get married. It's not always easy fighting cancer. But right now, I'm beating it."
Beinhaur, 55, of Camp Hill, is a lead coach in the Ski Roundtop Race Club at Roundtop Mountain Resort, 925 Roundtop Road in Lewisberry, where the second annual "Biffvitational" benefit ski race will be held at noon Saturday.
Proceeds from the fundraising event will go to Connection Mission, a non-profit faith-based organization that will use the funds to help Beinhaur keep up with expenses and other needs associated with his cancer battle.
Connection Mission was formed in February 2013 by Jeff Wakeen and his wife, Tracey, both of Camp Hill.
Jeff Wakeen, 52, also is president of the Ski Roundtop Race Club and a close friend of Beinhaur, who was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic pancreatic cancer in November 2012.
Connection Mission, based in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, links clients with people -- professionals and volunteers -- who can help the clients make positive changes to overcome financial, physical, occupational, community and spiritual issues, Jeff Wakeen said.
The organization, which has several York County clients, serves people and families in need throughout Central Pennsylvania and in Maryland, he said.
Connection Mission will run the "Biffvitational" benefit ski race from this year on, Jeff Wakeen said.
The first benefit event was held in January 2013, when several hundred skiers helped raise more than $38,000. The event was organized by Jeff Wakeen, Beinhaur's family and friends and local organizations.
In the summer of 2013, Wakeen and Beinhaur agreed that Connection Mission could take over the fundraiser to keep the event going to help Beinhaur and other families with similar needs.
"We want to make it a legacy for Jeff (Beinhaur)," Wakeen said. "We don't have a fundraising goal. We just want people to give from their hearts."
Beinhaur, also Roundtop Mountain Resort's director of competition services, said he is amazed at the ongoing support he receives from his wife, Tracey, their loved ones, the ski race club members and the community, especially the skiers who attended the first benefit event.
"So many people are behind me while I'm fighting this piece of crap disease," he said. "My hope is that I'll see the 10th and 20th anniversary of the Biffvitational."
--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at firstname.lastname@example.org.