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North Shore Polar Bears Plunging To make a Difference

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. In order for diagnosed children to partake in their wishes (trips to New York City, Disney World, baseball games, flying lessons and more), donations are necessary. Since the organization’s humble beginnings, it has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.

Each year, a “Polar Bear Plunge” is hosted in Long Beach to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year, the event is on my 18th birthday, Feb. 5. I thought that instead of receiving gifts, I would give a gift to someone who really needs it. I, Erica Palladino, along with my team, which consists of North Shore Senior Allison Schefer and Junior Erin Sheerin will be running (“plunging”) into the ocean at 1:30 p.m. with hundreds of other people in order to raise money for the awareness of cancer and other threatening diseases. We are all trying to raise money before the big event, and even the smallest donations help.

For more information and to donate to our team online, visit and search for “NS SWIMMIES” to donate directly to our page. Anyone who wishes to donate directly can print out the “NS SWIMMIES” donation page, and write a check made out to “Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro NY.” The address of the headquarters is located on the website as well.

We thank you for your support. I know it’ll be a great (chilly) birthday, but in the grand scheme of things, being cold for a half hour is nothing compared to what kids with life-threatening diseases go through every day.

Erica Palladino
Record Pilot 2011-12 Intern