Well, it’s been about 2 months since I last wrote, so I figured it was time for another update.
This past weekend (March 6th) the Crawl to Cure Cancer team and 4 Wheel Drive employees (and family) participated in BRR FOR THE CURE. For those of you not familiar with this, let me break it down for you.
In the middle of winter, with snow on the ground, you find a frozen lake. You attack said lake with a chain saw and open up a big hole. It doesn’t matter that the ice is 8” thick, that’s just what we’re looking for. You send people out to collect money to see you jump into the frozen lake. Easy enough.
To tell the truth, it really wasn’t all that bad. It was a nice sunny day, the temperature was in the low 40’s. Just a beautiful day in Northeast Ohio. They had a fire barrel set up, a D.J. and a pretty festive mood. It was nice to see so many people come out to support this cause.
We get there at 12:30 and everybody gets signed in for the jump that starts at 2:00. We’re all standing around in our jumping attire, which consists of shorts and our Crawl to Cure Cancer t-shirts . They start calling individual people to jump 5 at a time. We watched the first few groups go, cheering them on while talking about how cold it will be.
There are two ways to go in: you can walk in or go to the other end and jump. It was our turn next. We had been talking about when we jump in, we should do a chicken fight in the deep water or at the very least, swim to the deep end and sit on the couch they had made out of cut ice. We get to the edge of the ice, people are cheering and they start the countdown.
3. The tension is building as you stand on the ice and look down into the water. 2. You said you would jump so you get your body tensed up and ready to jump. 1. You jump…
As your body hits the water all of the plans you made to go sit on the couch or chicken fight are gone. Every muscle you have tenses up tighter than you ever thought would be possible. The only thought you can muster is get out! Once you get warm and change clothes, you can talk about “It wasn’t that bad” or “You know what we should have done”. But no matter, you are now part of a special group who wants to do all they can to help, even if it means jumping into a frozen lake.
In total, our group managed to raise $1,971.00. The entire event raised over $9,000.00 and everybody had a great day.
On a side note I was also very proud of my 9 year old little girl. She wanted to jump, didn’t want to jump, was in no way going to jump. But when they called our name she got right in line with us. Good girl you made your parents very proud.
Pictures can be found here: www.4wd.com/polarbear/index.html