Monica sported a banana costume. She said it was to inspire the children and other people to take the plunge.
“It is not as bad as it looks. It is all about just having fun. You just take the pain for a couple of minutes for those who are taking pain for an entire lifetime,” she said.
Gina Dianich of Bloomville jumped with a team of seven in memory of Corrine Salcido, a recipient of last year’s event. Dianich said she is now a “lifer” because when she asked if Salcido could become a recipient she was graciously accepted.
“She was my best friend, and she passed away in September,” she said.
This did not mark Dianich’s first time jumping. She said it was her fourth year making the half-hour drive.
“I just heard about a local great cause to help children and thought it was awesome. I just did it, and then I was hooked,” she said.
When describing the experience, Dianich said she finds it exhilarating.
“People think it is crazy, but for me, for the amount of pain it causes to me is nothing compared to what these children and adults endure,” she said. “I feel I can do my part. I love raising money for charity. I do not think there is anything better.”
Mikayla Fulton and Alisa Bohle jumped in memory of Alisa’s uncle, Marc Bohle. Alisa said she was supposed to be jumping with her uncle, but instead was jumping with a friend. The girls, both of Oneonta, let balloons go (in his memory) as they took the plunge.
It marked Alisa Bohle’s first time participating in the jump and Fulton’s seventh. Fulton said she has been watching people do it since she was a little kid and always wanted to jump.
“I decided when I was 12, I was going to do it,” she said.
Alisa added: “You think it is cold just standing outside the water waiting for your turn, but once you hit the water, your body just freezes up. You just want to move as fast as you can.”
Alisa said she will be back to jump again to carry on her uncle’s legacy.