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The Meaning Behind Eileen In

Eileen In 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. Speaking of leaning in and embracing challenge, here’s a little more about the amazing logo.  Eileen's aunt and niece made cookies for a family party to honor 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.

One day, Eileen would like to participate in her first Special Olympics!  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. 

If you can, join us for the 2020 Chicago Polar Plunge 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. 

Thank you for your support!

Kara, Leland, and the kids :)

Check out past Chicago Polar Plunge!





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