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Freezin’ For A Reason New Year’s Day at Lake Winnebago

Freezin’ For A Reason New Year’s Day at Lake Winnebago

December 29th, 2012

Grace Cox, Samuel Cox, Jake Cox

Courtesy Photo

By Wendy Hayworth
Intern Reporter for the Tribune

When New Year’s Day rolls around with freezing temperatures, skiers will be braving the waters of Lake Winnebago for the 7th annual Freezin’ for a Reason.

Freezin’ for a Reason is an event created to raise funds for three children with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome, formerly of Lake Winnebago.

SDS is a rare, life-threatening disease that causes bone marrow failure. The body can not produce enough white blood cells, and is subject to many other illnesses. There is no known cure for SDS.

Each child-Jake Cox 18, Grace Cox 15, and Samuel Cox 11- must endure painful, daily injections along with weekly infusions and ongoing bone marrow biopsies.

Each of the Cox children may need a bone marrow transplant. This operation costs anywhere from $650,000 to $1 million. There is no guarantee that these transplants will work, but it is the best hope for the kids.

It is through the help of good people that the Cox family pulls through.

Last year, Freezin’ for a Reason helped raise $15,000 for the Cox family.

“We encourage everybody to come out with fat checkbooks and big hearts to donate to a family that really needs it,” event coordinator Reese Wolff said.

Everyone is invited to show their support this New Year’s Day at noon at the Arrowhead Yacht Club Point on 396 N Winnebago Drive, Lee's Summit.

There will be auctions and a delicious Pot Luck for those who brave the waters or cheer on the sidelines.

If you can't attend but would still like to donate to the Cox family make checks payable to:
Freezin for a Reason and mail your check to
Arvest Bank
360 SW M-150 Highway
Lee's Summit, MO 64082

OR drop off at any Arvest location.

See you at Noon, Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

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