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Polar Plunge makes splash for cancer fund

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Aquatics Supervisor Mick Reeves jumps into the water after city of Roswell staff pledged more than $200 for him to take the plunge. (Submitted Photo)

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The Polar Plunge for Hope brought out people on Saturday who were challenged to dive into cold water at the Roswell Recreation and Aquatic Center on West College Boulevard to benefit the Chaves County Cancer Fund Inc.

Pictured, from left, are Kent Campbell, Trent Benedick, Justin Madden and Josh Madden. Campbell has a family member who has received cancer treatment, according to volunteer Alys Klein, who provided the photos. (Submitted Photo)

The first four to brave the cold water were Roswell Fire Department academy trainees Kent Campbell, Trent Benedick, Justin Madden and Josh Madden. Campbell has a family member who has received cancer treatment, according to volunteer Alys Klein, who provided the photos.

At the Polar Plunge, people were diving one at a time into the pool, Klein said, so that the event could comply with COVID-19 restrictions.

People were able to make donations to challenge others to jump into the pool or to avoid taking the polar plunge themselves. Klein said the money raised will stay in Chaves County to provide financial assistance to residents undergoing treatment.

To donate or assist the group, call 575-347-1533.

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