The work that goes into organizing the event each year is not inconsiderable, but as Waters explained, “When you see the face on the recipients, it is worth it. I think of some of these moms, dealing with a child’s serious onset ... it makes me remember I just don’t have it so bad.”
Among this year’s recipients are an infant who is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia; a young boy who was born with severe club feet and a heart murmur; and a 10-year-old with Hunter syndrome, a terminal degenerative condition.
The Portlandville Methodist Church Angel Fund, a recipient of this year’s Polar Bear Jump, will be supporting Amy Crowningshield, a local woman with a neurological disorder that causes extreme progressive body stiffness and spasms. The jump will also benefit Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, and the Milford Fire Department and Emergency Squad.
A full list of recipients, and more information about the Polar Bear Jump, is available at pbjump.com.