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Magma Supports First Descents’ Adventure-Based Healing

rygr May 17, 2022

Magma will donate portion of e-commerce sales in 2022 to programs supporting young adults with cancer and multiple sclerosis, frontline healthcare workers

Lakewood, CA (May 17, 2022) – Magma Products, a leading maker of outdoor and marine grills and accessories, announces today it will donate two percent of its e-commerce sales in 2022 to First Descents, a nonprofit that provides life-changing outdoor adventures to young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions. Magma’s donations will bolster First Descents’ transformative programs for the young adult oncology and MS communities, as well as frontline healthcare workers.

“Magma and First Descents share a passion for outdoor experiences that create impact, and we’re committed to helping more people experience the healing power of the outdoors,” says Chris DeRecat, CEO of Magma Products.

Since their founding in 2001, First Descents has served more than 10,000 young adults across the country to improve psychosocial outcomes through legitimate outdoor experiences and peer support. Participants experience free outdoor adventure programs that empower them to climb, paddle, and surf beyond their diagnosis and connect with others with similar experiences.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Magma Products to extend the healing power of adventure to more future participants. Exposure to unforgettable outdoor challenges pushes participants’ limits and empowers them to prioritize their physical, emotional and social wellbeing that is often disrupted by a serious illness,” says Ray Shedd, Vice President of Advancement for First Descents. “Their giving will have a substantial impact on the communities we serve and continue to make our life-changing programs a reality.”

In 2020, First Descents launched a series of new trauma-informed programs supporting healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. While these free programs were designed to address the immediate community needs of the ongoing pandemic, First Descents’ board of directors approved these offerings to remain a service of the organization in perpetuity.

In 2022, First Descents has 41 Week-Long Programs planned serving more than 500 young adults impacted by cancer and MS, healthcare workers, and caregivers.

About Magma: Magma has produced high-quality marine and outdoor grills, bait tables, cookware and more for more than 45 years. The brand continues to innovate with the launch of its Crossover Series, a portable cooking system designed for RV travelers, tailgaters, boaters and campers that transforms from a stove into a pizza oven, griddle, grill, and plancha. 

About First Descents: First Descents (FD) is a leader in adventure-based healing. Through outdoor adventure, community building, and lifestyle development, FD improves long-term survivorship and quality of life for young adults impacted by cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other serious health conditions. Headquartered in Denver, First Descents has served more than 10,000 participants over the last 20 years. Beginning in 2020, First Descents launched programs for healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19. All services are fully-adaptive and free of charge. A Guidestar Platinum-ranked nonprofit, First Descents has been recognized on CNN Heroes and Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work.

Contact: Chris Hong

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