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Are You Willing to “Freeze for Life”?


By. Steve Hartman




Some people dash like warriors while others run marathon after marathon in order to help raise money for charitable causes. Would you water ski in a nearly frozen lake to benefit Freeze for Lifepancreatic cancer research?


That’s what the “Freeze for Life” event is hoping you would do. Earlier this month at Gage Marine on Geneva Lake in Wisconsin participants were able to take a lap around the lake on water skis even as wind chill temperatures were nearing negative territory. If water skiing isn’t your thing you can try wakeboarding, surfing or tubing as well in these frigid waters.


So, how did this all begin? It started a few years ago after a teacher who taught for 37 years lost his life to pancreatic cancer. To honor him, this event was created. With the money raised, “Freeze for Life” will be donating 100% of the proceeds to college scholarships for local students as well as cancer research.


A lap goes for about seven minutes which is estimated to be the longest you can push your body to this extreme of discomfort. Waiting for you at the end though is a warm towel and a hot tub.


Hot Tubbing after Freeze for Life


The five hour event brings in over 300 people and raises around $25,000.


Would you be willing to take on this lap in the freezing cold temperatures for charity?