It’s been cold for the last few weeks but for some brave Alaskans it’s about to get a lot colder in the name of cancer awareness. In a few short weeks, 24 teams and 88 participants will cannonball into the Seward Small Boat Harbor to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society. So far this year, more than $58,000 has already been raised.
This particular event has a long history in Seward. The first jump was completed in 1986 when a few brave people dressed in costume to take a swim in the bay. They had all acquired sponsors to donate money to the American Cancer Society and since it was such a huge success, the event has continued on to this day. Now, every January, people flock to see who might jump and what kind of costume they will be wearing.
If you’re interested in diving into freezing waters, aka helping ACS further their mission of helping people face cancer today and find cures to end the disease tomorrow, it’s not too late to sign up! (Don’t worry, if you’re not able to make the jump you can still donate!) This is always a fun event, so plan a weekend trip to Seward to soak it all in (pun intended). Whether you plan to jump or sit safely on the sidelines, you’ll walk away with memories for a lifetime and feel good knowing you’ve supported a good cause.