With deep sadness we share the news that our dear friend Chris Brunkhart has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to his liver. For anyone who snowboarded in the mid and late 90s, especially in the Pacific Northwest, Brunkhart’s name is synonymous with the artistic, austere, and evocative approach he brought to snowboard photography. Brunkhart’s powerful images helped inform who we were and how we thought of ourselves as individuals finding our way in the world, and indeed they continue to take our breath away.
A couple years ago Flow Snowboarding was invited to take part in Snowboarder Magazine’s Battle of the Brands. Flow decided to collaborate this event with the one and only legend snowboard film and photographer Chris Brunkhart. Brunkhart filmed this great edit with his trusty old 16 mm camera and captured the essence of riding without the overly-hyper, perfectly tuned HD that we are so accustomed to today.
“Chris is a master of emotion and we were so thankful to have him be part of this project,” said Flow Snowboarding Marketing Director, Dale Rehberg. “Along with Brunkhart, Flow was also blessed with the presence of OG riders Matt Donahue and Wes Makepeace who put together a one off rendition of Highwaymen, that was recorded on the spot. True legends making great things happen in the name of snowboarding.”
Two years later it is up to all of us to help out Chris Brunkhart. Brunkhart was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer, that has now spread to his liver. He is in need of financial support to cover the integrative and alternative treatments he is pursuing, in addition to the intense chemotherapy he has already begun. Your support will also help offset the very deep financial drain that Brunkhart, his partner and his mom now face, as they become full time patient and caregivers.
Please stand in solidarity with Chris Brunkhart and his family. Rally your friends and all you know and give a little (or a lot) to a friend in need, to aid in his battle for survival.
In an update on Chris Brunkhart’s condition, the GoFundMe.com/chrisbrunkhart had this to say:
“Chris went in for his third chemo treatment yesterday. He has been feeling great, seeing a few lucky friends, and having fun working on a secret project for the November 14 benefit coming up next Friday at Nemo Design in Portland. If you’re in town on Friday 11/14, please join us at Nemo from 7-11pm for a benefit event in support of Chris. Every cent of every dollar raised will go directly to Chris and help him in his fight.
Up for silent auction will be 50+ pieces of artwork/prints from an amazing roster of artists and photographers (including many of you – thank you!) along with 36 limited edition prints signed and numbered by Chris. We’ll have one-of-a-kind snowboard memorabilia; product packages from Vans, Volcom, Mervin, iNi, DaKine, Nixon, Mizu and more arriving daily; plus full season passes from both Meadows and Timberline and some very special surprises to be announced next week.
And if you’re SoCal based, please save the date for our second benefit event, Thursday November 20th at the Boathouse Collective, from 5pm-11:30. More details to follow shortly!
In the meantime, please keep an eye on the Instagram feed @psfuckcancer and please continue to spread the word using #helpbrunkhart. Chris sees your posts and reads your messages and they are making a difference daily – please keep them coming!”
We are each just one devastating diagnosis away from the physical, emotional, and financial challenges that Chris is now up against. Our collective efforts can truly make a difference and help lift and carry Chris through this scary time. By making a donation you’ll also be added to an email list so you can stay up to date on events and benefits coming up in Portland, San Diego and NYC.