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Corporate Partners

First Descents builds partnerships with a diverse range of companies that believe in the healing power of adventure.

BasePoint Foundation

The BasePoint Foundation partners with First Descents to underwrite adventure programs for young adult cancer survivors living in Westchester, NY as well as the broader NYC area. Providing positive experiences to young people coping with serious illnesses is central to BPF’s charitable priorities. Equally inspiring, BasePoint Foundation staff volunteer at FD programs and support regional events.

Kite Pharma

Kite, a Gilead company, is dedicated to achieving one of the most ambitious goals of 21st century medicine: curing cancer. Kite also believes in total cancer care and supports of organizations that compliment clinical treatments to improve health and survivorship.


Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), is committed to getting people outside and supporting organizations that embrace and protect our wild places. REI’s vast network of Outdoor Schools and talented guides will serve as implementation partners for First Descents programs nationwide beginning in 2018.


Aetna believes in advancing social and lifestyle determinants of health at the community level. As such, Aetna supports First Descents' local adventure communities in key geographies nationwide. Equally inspiring, Aetna employees are rallying behind FD Climbathon to extend the healing power of adventure to more young adults impacted by cancer.


Considered the founder of the industry, Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. First Descents and Genentech have developed a comprehensive partnership that includes leadership corporate giving, event sponsorship, and inspiring employee participation nationwide.

Velocity Global

Velocity Global is the fastest growing international professional employer organization (PEO) helping companies hire employees anywhere in the world with speed and ease. Velocity Global sponsors multiple FD programs annually. Equally inspiring, VG employees participate in the Ragnar Trail Snowmass event, raising funds and awareness for First Descents.

Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch

The host and sponsor of the annual First Descents Ball, the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch offers an unforgettable escape in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Evoking a traditional mountain lodge, the hotel offers unmatched ski-in/ski-out access, a renowned spa, luxurious accommodations and locally inspired dining.

Prather’s Market

Prather’s Market customers and employees know that time in the mountains is nourishment. Each year Prather’s Market generously underwrites several local FD adventures, including rock and ice-climbing, and paddling on the upper-Colorado river.

Takeda Oncology

Cambridge-based Takeda Oncology endeavors to deliver novel medicines to patients with cancer worldwide. Takeda and their employees are also deeply committed to advancing patient quality of life through volunteerism and charitable giving. Each year, Takeda underwrites several multi-day adventure programs for young adults impacted by cancer.

BBVA Compass Bank

With 688 branches nationwide, BBVA believes in working at the community level to provide banking solutions, support businesses and create change. First Descents is honored to have BBVA’s support of our Colorado-based events and programs.

Bonfire Brewing

Bonfire Brewing is a fantastic brewery located in Eagle, Colorado.  Bonfire is the longstanding Presenting Sponsor of First Descents' annual event, Man of the Cliff.  They also brew a special beer just for Man of The Cliff, and their tap room always has a great list of beers flowing.  Bonfire Brewing's generous support has funded numerous multi-day First Descents programs.


WILDSTORY is a storytelling and content strategy shop that builds powerful, authentic conversations that change the way people FEEL about brands. First Descents is fortunate to have WILDSTORY’s pro-bono guidance and strategic insights.

Slalom Consulting

Denver-based Slalom Consulting helps companies solve business problems and build for the future, with solutions spanning business advisory, customer experience, technology, and analytics. Slalom was instrumental in developing First Descents’ Horizon 2020 Strategic Plan.


Committed to accelerating hope through technology and data, Medidata improves the way Clinical Research is designed, conducted, and analyzed. They also believe strongly in advancing patient quality of life. Medidata supports First Descents’ San Francisco Tributary.


FluidStance generously donates 1% of all their sales to First Descents to help us reach more young adults impacted by cancer. The partnership is a natural outgrowth of FluidStance's mission to live life in motion. To date, FluidStance has sponsored more than 75 young adults to FD programs nationwide


Jackson-based Stio was founded to inspire connection with the outdoors through beautiful, functional products infused with mountain soul. FD Founder Brad Ludden currently serves as a Stio Ambassador and Stio truly embodies the Out Living It mantra by encouraging their customers to get outside and keep adventuring.


Teatulia has provided generous support through corporate donations that play a central role in advancing First Descents mission of reaching the 70,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer each year. As a corporate partner, Teatulia donates $1 from every Energy Tea sold nationwide.


KIND Snacks know that nutrition is key. With a joint focus on the healing properties of healthy food and nutrition education, KIND Snacks has been a generous partner of First Descents sponsoring the Out Cooking It Cookbook and providing KIND bars to FD programs to help power our participants all day long.


Fishpond knows all about the healing power of adventure and spending time outdoors. As a long-standing partner, Fishpond has supported First Descents in a variety of ways including a percentage of corporate sales, in-kind donations to our marquee events including The 80's Ski Party and the Annual First Descents Ball, and through various consumer packaged goods campaigns.


Headspace's motto is "meditation made simple". With a joint focus on the benefits of living mindfully, Headspace and First Descents have a partnership focused on spreading awareness about the benefits of meditation throughout our community. Headspace provides free year-long memberships to all First Descents alumni.


Primal is one of the leading creators of innovative cycling wear across the country. For several years, Primal has decked our Leadville MTB Teams out in the best swag donating all bike kits for our 20+ riders each year.

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