Ellen’s Icebreaker Polar Plunge on March 8 to benefit cancer research

Feb. 25, 2014 College News - Brave souls are invited to plunge into Nagawicka Lake on Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., as part of “Ellen’s Icebreaker for Cancer Research.” The event is held in memory of Ellen Smith, a beloved Froedtert Hospital employee who died of gastric cancer last fall at the age of 59. 

People who do not want to brave the elements can participate by donating in support of someone making the plunge. Last year, several Froedtert and MCW researchers and clinicians participated in the event, and we hope to see the same support this year.

A post-plunge celebration, featuring lunch, beverages and live music, will follow at noon at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee.  Admission to the post-plunge celebration is $15.  Donations to cancer research are suggested for participation in the plunge, with no minimum donation required. Both events are open to the public. 

Register for the plunge or donate in support of someone taking the plunge

Proceeds from this event will benefit cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center. The first polar plunge was held last year, when Ellen Smith was still undergoing treatment for cancer.  Since then, friends and family members have donated nearly $40,000 to cancer research at MCW. 

Nagawicka Lake is located in Waukesha County's Naga-Waukee Park, 651 Hwy 83, in Hartland.  The Country Springs Hotel is located at 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee.

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