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Hundreds Take Polar Bear Dip For Cancer

Story By: Brian Skowronski



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  Original Published: 1/2/2014

Hundreds of people brought in the new year with a January 1st jump into Charles Mills Lake in Mansfield, at the 8th annual Polar Bear Dip Cold for the Cure.

A record 264 jumpers trudged through the icy waters, including WMFD's own Brian Skowronski, who screamed like a small child throughout the chilly experience.

The dipper's all had various reasons as to why they wanted to endure the frigid exposure, but everybody who participated took pride in the event's cause.

Event coordinator Sheila Schrack created the Polar Bear Dip back in 2007 as a way to raise money for cancer. Donations from the event benefit the American Cancer Society as well as the LISA Fund for colorectal cancer research.

Schrack says this year's proceeds equaled a record $6,500, and that she is proud to be a part of the successful fund raiser. Schrack was diagnosed with cancer back in 2006 and is "amazed" that what began as a "scary experience" for her and her family, has become such a positive event that continues to grow each year.

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