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A dogsled accident has left a Skagway, Alaska, man facing a $20,000 hospital bill, but the Yukon community of Mount Lorne is moving ahead to help him out.

On April 21, a dance, silent auction and cake auction will be held at the community centre to help raise money for Bob Fink.

Mr. Fink, who rents a cabin in Mount Lorne, near Whitehorse, through the winter, was injured while taking a friend out on a dogsled ride about two weeks ago.

"Mushing's a passion for me," he said yesterday from the Almost Home Maternity Home in Whitehorse, where he is recovering.

Mr. Fink was running five dogs with a passenger in the sled.

In the first two minutes, Mr. Fink took the nearly-90 degree turn from the driveway to the trail, not realizing how icy it was, and the sled hit a berm. "It was basically like an icy lake," he said, adding he remembers thinking the person in the sled was getting a "hell of a ride."

After his fall, he continued to hang on to the sled. What likely saved his life, he said, was a technique he learned years ago to get the dogs to stop on command.

He was dragged for a distance before the dogs listened to him. "I knew I was hurting," he said.

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