Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 16, 2014

LEPRECHAUN LEAP: Hundreds make the plunge for United Cancer Services

By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL sherry.vanarsdall@goshennews.com
Goshen News

---- — GOSHEN — A group of brave people took the plunge in the chilly water of the pond near Goshen Moose Lodge Saturday during the ninth annual Leprechaun Leap.

The Leap is a fundraiser for the United Cancer Services of Elkhart County.

A mother and daughter stood shivering inside the pavilion after taking the plunge.

“It was very cold but for a good cause. I’ve done it for four years now,” said Michelle Combs. “It’s colder this year. I can’t feel my toes.”

Her daughter, Makenzie Combs, participated for the first time this year.

“Oh my goodness,” the teenager said, with her teeth, chattering. “The initial jumping in was the worst part. Getting out wasn’t as bad. The water was cold. I’ll probably go again next year.”

The funds raised during the event go towards helping local cancer patients, said United Cancer Services Executive Director Peter Norton.

“We work to help people with emotional support as well as financial support,” Norton said.

He announced the different teams jumping into the pond and encouraged all of them as they exited the water.

“They had to chop 14 inches of ice at the end of the dock to make enough room for everyone and it took about three hours,” Norton told the 400 plus people in attendance.