What a charge to my system. Maybe, almost, too much of a charge!
My baby sister, Tammy Jones signed up for the Piedmont Polar Plunge with me. Even though the temps were in the mid thirties, we showed up with our tankini (me) & bikini (Tammy). Our Mom, Shirley Bagwell, middle sister, Sherrie A Thornton & my hubby, Art Lyle were there to cheer for us.
The plunge was a fundraiser for Venecia’s Foundation. She collects items & gift cards for care bags for chemo patients. Since she is a four time survivor, she knows just what they need when they are sitting in that chair getting chemo treatments.
We visited with several people & had pics taken for the newspaper & tv then stood waiting to get into the water. By that time we had ditched our shoes & found the concrete around the pool to be icy. By the time the Mayor & others spoke our toes were turing blue.
Finally, Mayor Billy Baker & Venecia Butler held hands & went thru the ‘car wash’ & under the ‘mushroom’ before hitting the ladder & going back to the slide.
There were a few more, then me & Tammy held hands thru the beginning of it. Everything was going great until I lost Tammy’s hand. She had slipped a little bit. By the time I was in the chest deep water I was getting light headed. Guess my heart isn’t as strong as I thought since the open heart surgery. I made it to the ladder but had no strength to pull myself out of the water. I asked anybody behind me to give me a push to help me get out. A nice fellow in a red white & blue top hat obliged & I was so happy Mr. America helped me out!
I was sooooo cold! I could barely walk to where Mom had been sitting. I had to sit for a bit & wrap up in a blanket with a towel around my feet before I could go get dressed.
I had on a hot pink hat but it didn’t keep any water off of me. Tammy had a tall checkered ‘Cat in the Hat’ hat & her head stayed dry. May have to find me one of those hats!
With the entry fees & donations Venecia raised over $3000.
I was a good day!