Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Alzheimer's Services of Cape Cod & the Islands New Year's Day

Second year for the plunge to raise funds for ASCCI
Some hearty Cape Codders brave the chilly waters of Harwich's Bank Street Beach during last year's Polar Plunge fundraiser. ASCCI photo.

In honor of her father, Marvin Nadler, Belinda Bachand of Harwich coordinated the first annual Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod and the Islands (ASCCI). She wanted to find a way to honor the man who raised her and helped her become the person she is today.

While most were home bundled up, over 40 brave people joined Belinda to swim for Alzheimer’s with a dash into the frigid waters at Bank Street Beach on a blustery New Year’s day 2010. The event raised over $1,000 and the funds were used for free support services and respite grants for families living with Alzheimer’s disease in our region.

In an effort to maintain his legacy and that of others who have had Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, we are continuing to the plunge this New Year’s Day 2011 and hope that you will come and support Belinda’s effort to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and the free services of ASCCI.

The Polar Bear Plunge Fund-raiser begins at 12 p.m. noon on New Year's Day (January 1, 2011) at Bank Street Beach in Harwichport.  The event is open to adults and children.

Top fundraiser will receive a prize and recognition so get your pledges today! For pledge sheet go to www.alzcapecod.org or call 508-775-5656.

There is a suggested donation of $20. Warm refreshments will be available.

All proceeds from the event will be used for free support services and respite grants for the families served by Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands.

Courtesy of ASCCI.

Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod & the Islands is a not-for-profit organization serving the 10,0000 people with Alzheimer’s disease on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, their families and professional caregivers since 1984.  Services include telephone helpline for information and support; support groups for patients and caregivers; education and training; consultations for patients and families and respite grants for family caregivers.

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