Colorectal cancer survivors, caregivers, and loved ones from across the country are taking a cold dip, creating snow angels, taking ice baths, and more to raise awareness for the disease! 

Mansfield, OHIO — Due to the pandemic, local Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC) advocates, Chad and Sheila Schrack, have found a creative way to harness the spirit of their annual Polar Bear Dip at Charles Mill Lake and rally other advocates from all across the country to join them. The Schracks have transitioned what would be their 15th annual, local Polar Bear Dip Cold for a Cure into a national “Cold for a Cure” event. Participants are encouraged to choose a creative, socially-distanced way to get cold to raise awareness of colorectal cancer between January 2-3, 2021. Sheila is a stage IIIc survivor of colorectal cancer who has been in remission for more than 10 years. Over the years, the event has raised more than $80,000 to fight cancer.

Cold for a Cure participants can get cold however they want, whenever they want. The Schracks plan to continue their local dip on a smaller scale and are encouraging other advocates to find an activity that works best for them: bundle up for a chilly walk, create a snow angel, build a snowman, take an ice bath, and even take a cold shower for those living in warmer regions of the country. They feel this is the perfect way to really show the relentless spirit of cancer survivors and ring in the new year with hope.

“Thirty seconds of being cold is worth it knowing we are one step closer to overcoming cancer,” said Sheila. “Let’s get cold for a cure. We encourage everyone to join in on the fun and hope for a safe and happy 2021.”

Advocates joining in the fun are asked to share their experience on social media using the hashtag #ColdForACure and/or make a donation in support of the cause.

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