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January 29, 2014

Polar plunge auction raises $7K for ill children

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“It’s difficult to take Logan in and out of his car seat,” Piefer said. “We will use the money to put a down payment on a wheelchair van.”

Waters said last year’s recipients each received $13,850. This year’s recipients will be presented with checks at the annual banquet after the jump at 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Oneonta. Waters said his whole family, including his four children, will jump at this year’s event. 

The other children receiving funds this year are Devin James Carey, an 8-month-old boy with leukemia; Dax Coe, a 4-year-old boy with a heart murmur; Isabelle “Tinker” Ewing, a 10-year-old girl who had an arteriovenous malformation rupture in her brain; and Charles Oakley, a 5-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and autism.

Waters said the most important thing is to gain exposure for the families and children and raise as much money as possible for them.

“I went into a store the other day with fliers for the event,” Waters said. “The woman up front asked what it was all about and I said, ‘we jump in the water for these kids,’ and showed her their pictures. As soon as she saw their faces, she said ‘I have to help. I want to jump,’” Waters said. “And now she’s signed up.”

For more information regarding recipients, registration, or how to become a sponsor, visit http://pbjump.com/index.html.

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