HARVEYS LAKE — About 50 people took the polar bear plunge into Harveys Lake on Saturday.
The plunge is an annual tradition that gives back to worthy causes, and this year’s event helped a little girl battling leukemia.
“I couldn’t feel my legs, I was trying to stumble up this hill here– I couldn’t feel anything,” said Robert Derby, of Courtdale.
Several dozen’s of people showed up for 2013’s Polar Bear Plunge in Harvey’s lake.
The money raised helped Anthony Glover and Julissa Perez’s 2 year old daughter Jasleen, who had been battling leukemia.
The whole event was put together by Glover’s co-worker, Patrick Doyne.
“We were looking for a local charity, and we heard about him, and I said he works under the same roof we do. I’ve seen him before, met him, he’s a nice guy, I wanted to help out the family,” said Doyne.
That surprised little Jasleen’s parents and helped give them hope.
“When he let me know what the situation was going to be –my eyes opened wide — people really are going to jump in the cold water,” said Glover.
“She’s very excited, she understands what’s going on, I appreciate everyone coming out doing what they do, and even the people who didn’t jump in, I appreciate everybody,” said Perez.
The plunge raised more than $1,000 to help with Jasleen’s medical expenses.