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Cold reigns at first Cougar Chill

The USF Student Nurses Association (SNA) hosted the first-ever Cougar Chill Feb. 22 to raise money for children going to the Hoosier Burn Camp this summer. Participants raised money before the event and then jumped into the university's Mirror Lake, with Rob Lydick of NewsChannel 15 as event emcee.

"This event originated with USF nursing student Toni Winslow sharing her life experience as a burn survivor and camp participant with another nursing student, SNA President Kevin Dirksen. Kevin then became very passionate about making a difference in the lives of these individuals," said SNA faculty adviser and USF assistant professor of nursing, Rene' DePew.

"He and his SNA leadership team have worked diligently since last fall to pull together this event, the first polar plunge fundraiser. Ultimately they will have collected over $5,000, which will assist at least five individuals from around the Indiana and the Midwest to participate in the Hoosier Burn Camp this summer.

They learned how to work together and follow rules, regulations and policies to pull out a very large event. They ended up with 26 plungers and over 100 observers for the day."

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