2018 OBX Polar Plunge for Cystic Fibrosis
Hosted by Ramada Plaza and Peppercorns Restaurant
1701 S Virginia Dare Trail
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Q: What is a “Polar Plunge”?
A: A Polar Plunge is an event in which participants plunge into a cold body of water, usually in the middle of winter. Our plunge will be into the Atlantic Ocean at Ramada Plaza in Kill Devil Hills on Saturday, February 18. Doesn’t that sound like fun?!?!
Q: No, that sounds crazy! Why would anybody do that?
A: Thankfully, we have some crazy people here on the Outer Banks! Some people do it for the fun of it, but everybody will be participating to raise money and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).
Q: What is Cystic Fibrosis and why does it need a foundation?
A: Cystic Fibrosis, often simply called “CF” is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. CF affects about 30,000 children and young adults in the US. 1000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Currently, there is no cure for CF.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis, and nearly every CF-specific drug available today was made possible with the financial support of the CFF. A donor-funded, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the CFF is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance program.
Q: What does swimming in the ocean in the middle of winter have to do with CF?
A: Well, as the disease progresses, it literally takes the breath away from those living with it. Have you ever been swimming in the ocean in February? It will take your breath away for sure!
Also, salt water is extremely therapeutic for those living with CF. Salt water helps to break up the thick mucus in the CF lungs and makes it easier to breathe. Ever use saline in your neti pot to clear your sinuses? Being near the ocean can work the same way for CF lungs!
We put on this event in honor of two very special people who live every day with CF.
Q: Let’s say I’m feeling a little crazy. How do I pre-register for this event?
A: Check back in later this year for more information!
Q: Can I come even if I don’t pre-register?
A: Absolutely! It’s a public beach, so everybody is welcome to come and watch or participate. Registration will be open at the event, and we will accept any $ amount as a donation.