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After three-week wait, fundraiser participants bracing for frigid ocean plunge in Portland

Posted Feb. 26, 2013, at 9:55 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 26, 2013, at 10:49 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine  –  The sixth annual Maine Polar Dip, postponed by a historic blizzard earlier this month, is set to take place on Saturday at East End Beach in Portland. Participants will plunge into frigid Casco Bay to raise money to send more families to Camp Sunshine.

The March 2 event will test the mettle of participants who must dip into freezing ocean waters at East End beach at the base of Portland’s Eastern Promenade. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with the plunge set for noon. The charity fundraising event had originally been scheduled for Feb. 9 but was postponed due to the storm that left record snowfall on Portland.

Camp Sunshine is a one-of-a-kind national retreat in Casco, Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The Maine Polar Dip has partnered with CrowdRise, a popular online fundraising platform, to make it easy to participate. To start raising funds, form or join a team, and donate online, visit http://www.crowdrise.com/MainePolarDip. For more information, call (207) 655-3800.

Organizers have set a goal to raise $30,000 – enough to send 15 Maine families to Camp Sunshine (www.campsunshine.org). Each participant who raises at least $100 in pledges for Camp Sunshine will receive a coveted “I DID IT!” t-shirt.

Nestled alongside the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake in Casco, Camp Sunshine (www.campsunshine.org) offers children with life-threatening illnesses and their families a place to relax together for a week and to take a break from the extraordinary demands placed on them on a daily basis.

The year-round program is free of charge and staffed almost entirely by volunteers. It is the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family. To support Camp Sunshine, please call (207) 655-3800 or visit www.campsunshine.org.

About Camp Sunshine

Camp Sunshine offers children with life-threatening illnesses and their families a place to relax together for a week, and to take a break from the extraordinary demands placed upon them on a daily basis. The year-round program is free of charge and staffed almost entirely by volunteers. It is the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family – the ill child, the parents and the siblings. Since its inception in 1984, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for more than 32,000 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. In addition to providing 24-hour on-site medical and psychosocial support, the camp offers a variety of daily activities, including swimming, boating, archery and soccer, and special events such as bonfires and cookouts; and also hosts fall and winter programs. To support Camp Sunshine, call (207) 655-3800 or visit www.campsunshine.org.

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