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February 14, 2013

Polar Bear Jump is a leap of love


“Once most do it, they are usually hooked,” she said.

Amanda Augur and her father, Ray, of Cherry Valley, wore matching patriotic suites to last year’s event. It marked the third year the duo have participated in the jump. They said they got involved because a friend was a recipient. 

“We had fun doing it so we continued to make it a yearly thing,” Ray said. “It is all for a good cause.”

Brenda and Jamie’s teenage daughter Mataiah has been participating in the jump since she was 3. 

“Even if my family (members) were not the organizers I think I would still do it,” she said at last year’s event. 

When describing what it is like when one’s body hits the icy-water, Mataiah said the only thing that comes to mind is remembering to swim and getting to the other side to the ladder. 

“You don’t really think about how cold it is at first,” she said.

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