Polar Plunge: $91,000 & counting

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Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - David Dycus

MARSHALL COUNTY, KY-   Dressed in a yellow and orange hat and several layers, John Moore was certainly prepared to be 'Freezin' For A Reason' on Saturday morning

Moore was one of nearly 500 people to plunge into the icy waters of Kentucky Lake for the annual Special Olympics Polar Bear Plunge.  John and his team of 10 were jumping to honor his daughter Ciera- a Special Olympic athlete who died at the age of 13.

 

 

"They told us when she was born she probably wouldn't make it past 5 years and when that stage got close we cringed and hoped," he remembered.

But Ciera Moore, who was born with spina bifida, would live 8 precious more years. On Saturday, her family was eager to take the plunge.

"Anything to do with Special Olympics- let's go," John said.

"I said sign me up," cousin Brianna Moore added.

But the move meant braving icy waters, waters John figures were a little cooler on Saturday, "She's definetly looking down today, probably trying to make the water as cold as possible, that's her sense of humor."

But, the family all agreed, the cause is a good one. Ciera's older sister, Trisha said thanks to Special Olympics her sister made a decade of awesome memories.

"She had a lot more memories than practically everyone in our family put together," she remembered with a laugh.

And on Saturday her family made new memories in her honor.

"Whew! That water is cold," John shouted after he climbed out of Kentucky Lake.

But, Brianna said, "We'll do it again next year."

The Moore family raised $750.  Organizers tell Local 6 they are still counting money- but so far, they have raised $91,000.

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