It’s February, it’s cold and residents in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts are about to go… swimming? Yes, you heard right. Once a year, Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center hosts a polar plunge at Long Lake. All proceeds go to Lowell General Hospital’s TeamWalk for CancerCare. Talk about an extreme fundraiser! The ice-cold swim is especially significant for Maureen Polson, whose father passed away from cancer last year. She says the swim is “a good way to honor her father and to move forward in her own life.” Maureen has also participated in other “extreme” fundraisers, including skydiving to support a children’s charity.
Events such as the polar plunge are great ways for patients, friends and family to take an active role in supporting the battle against cancer. There’s nothing better than giving back to the community while having fun in an icy New England lake in February!
You can read more about the polar plunge on Wicked Local: http://www.wickedlocal.com/chelmsford/news/x1290226752/Resident-participates-in-polar-plunge#axzz1F08K4Gxh.
Post by Dan Dunlop with Stephanie Cohen, UNC-Chapel Hill Student and Jennings Intern