Magnan said her husband was planning on participating in the Polar Bear Jump this year, but is currently serving in the military in Antarctica. She said she decided to jump in her husband’s place, along with several of Myles’ uncles. Magnan said this will be her first jump, but she will be accompanied by a group of 11 other friends and family members.
Carter Hilton, of North Franklin, is another young boy who will be helped by this year’s event. Carter’s mother, Elizabeth Hilton, called her son “a miracle;” he was born at 32 weeks after a complicated pregnancy.
Hilton said Carter was born with severe bilateral congenital talipes, commonly known as club feet. She said her son has already undergone five surgeries, with the most recent surgery leaving him in a wheelchair for several months while he heals. He also suffers from asthma and a heart murmur, but is an “amazingly strong little boy with big possibilities,” his mother said.
Hilton said she was honored and thrilled to learn that Carter was a recipient of this year’s fundraiser, and that she plans to bring Carter to the jump, as long as it’s not too cold. She said she knows of several individuals who will jump in support of her son.
Logan Piefer, a 10-year-old from Oneonta, was diagnosed with Hunter Syndrome at 15 months. Hunter Syndrome is a progressive and degenerative genetic disease that attacks the entire body, said Logan’s father, Andrew Piefer. Piefer said although Logan learned to walk, talk and play normally, he progressively lost these skills as he grew older. Logan can no longer talk and is fed through a feeding tube. He is losing the ability to walk and will soon be fully dependent on his wheelchair, Piefer said.
Piefer said the family was “honored and touched” to learn that Logan was one of this year’s recipients. Despite all of his challenges, Piefer said, Logan is very happy and loves interacting with other people at school and the park.