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Northwest Missouri State University

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A Northwest student jumps into Colden Pond during annual Plunge to Freeze Out Cancer

Northwest student Joe Masciovecchio leaps into Colden Pond during this year's Colden Pond Plunge to Freeze Out Cancer. About $600 was raised to benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. (PHOTO BY TAYLOR ALLAN/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS)

March 1, 2010

Students take plunge for St. Jude's Children's Hospital

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Three Northwest students braved the elements Friday (Feb. 26) and jumped into an icy Colden Pond for the Third Annual Plunge to Freeze Out Cancer, which benefits St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

They were Brandon Clark, a junior organizational communication and Spanish major from Odessa, Mo.; Liz O'Malley, a sophomore art education major from Elkhorn, Neb.; and Joe Masciovecchio, a senior physical education major from Liberty, Mo.

Despite the freezing temperature of the pond, the trio agreed their plunges were worth it.

"I would describe it as the heat on your shower was broken and you were locked in there for a good 30 minutes," Masciovecchio said. "That probably reached what that pond felt like."

Volunteer emergency workers cut a square in the ice, donned waterproof suits and stood chest-deep in the water to assist the students as they jumped into the water. As each of the students emerged from the water, they were wrapped in a blanket.

Donation jars with the names of various students and staff were placed in the J.W. Jones Student Union, beginning Feb. 8. Anyone who received donations totaling at least $150 was awarded a chance to take the plunge.

Northwest raised $600 during this year's fundraising drive.

Founded in 1998, Up 'Til Dawn has grown into a nationwide philanthropy with about 200 participating colleges and universities. Northwest has raised more than $190,000 for the hospital during the last three years.

For more information, contact the Northwest's Office of Campus Activities at 660.562.1226.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468