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Taking the plunge with team Eileen In!

My Story

Last year, a friend of mine mentioned that we should join the Schaefers' team and do the Polar Plunge 2019. My first reaction was "no way am I going to jump in that freezing water!!"....Let me tell you, I am so glad that I decided to do it! I realized that it isnt about the freezing water, its about leaning in, accepting, donating, and a great time! 

I met the Schaefer family at the Children's Activity Center inside Healthtrack. My first day training, Johnny was a toddler and he cracked me up with his spunky attitude. Since that day, I have met their whole family and Eileen was welcomed into this world! They are welcoming, amazing, funny, and just wonderful people! 

Last March I had the amazing opportunity to join team Eileen In and this March I am excited to be plunging again!

My goal is to raise $200 and to help my friends hit that mark as well!

 

January 9th

Want to learn more about our team name and logo?

Colleen Shaefers wrote:

"In Eileen’s honor, we have created a team called “Eileen In”.

The name came about after the newly popular phrase – leaning in.  To lean in (to something) to incline or press into something. You have to lean into the wind when you walk or you will be blown over. When you are faced with difficulties or challenges, rise up and embrace them…lean in.  We thought this was a perfect name for our team and beautifully represents our dear girl.

Speaking of leaning in and embracing challenge, here’s a little more about our amazing logo at the top.  Scott’s sister and niece made cookies for a family party we had honoring Eileen surviving her first year filled with 3 surgeries, countless appointments and therapy sessions. The cookies were heart shaped, with a smiley face and glasses.  It is so simple and yet says so much: her three surgeries were the repairing of her heart (vascular ring) at 9 months old and two eye surgeries removing her cataracts at 6 and 7 weeks old.  And the Eileen In logo was born."

 

February 2019

Join us for the 2020 Chicago Polar Plunge presented by Jackson on Sunday, March 1st for the 20th Anniversary! Take the challenge and jump in Lake Michigan for Special Olympics Chicago! All are welcome to join us, whether you go knee deep, waist high, or take the full plunge. 

Be #FREEZINFORAREASON and support the 7,500+ special olympians who compete year-round in the city of Chicago. All funds raised will benefit the Special Olympics Chicago athletes, covering program costs such as transportation, sports equipment, team uniforms and food. Through your participation, people with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to discover new strengths, abilities and success. 

Plunge as an individual alongside other supporters, join a team or create your own fearless team. Recruit friends, family and co-workers to #MAKEASPLASH. Teams with 20 members or more will be awarded for their efforts with a free, round-trip bus. Teams that raise $20,000 or moe are eligible to receive a 20x20 tent. All are invited to the post-plunge "Melt Down Party" with music, food, cash bar and more! 

Make the #PolarPromise and register for the Chicago Polar Plunge presented by Jackson today. See you Sunday, March 1, 2020! 

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  • O’Brien Family Go Carly! Go Carly! Love you! Proud of you! March 2020 $50.00
  • Kate Rouse Good luck Carly and team! January 2020 $25.00
  • Stephanie Ahern January 2020
  • Carly Phillips This donation is my from my grandparents Ron and Nancy Mangini!! Thank you!! January 2020 $26.25
  • James Mangini Way to go Carly! January 2020 $25.00
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  • O’Brien Family Go Carly! Go Carly! Love you! Proud of you! March 2020 $50.00
  • Danna Rouse Carly "Can Do It" for "Eileen In"! January 2020 $50.00
  • Bob Rouse "Carly in" for "Eileen in" ! January 2020 $50.00
  • Carly Phillips This donation is my from my grandparents Ron and Nancy Mangini!! Thank you!! January 2020 $26.25
  • Kate Rouse Good luck Carly and team! January 2020 $25.00
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