In Austin, an ice-cold plunge for pink raises $52K for cancer research


Tens of thousands of dollars will go toward finding a cure for breast cancer thanks to some brave people in Austin, Minnesota, who didn't mind some ice-cold water.

More than 220 jumpers took part in the Plunging for Pink event Saturday – raising about $52,000 for breast cancer research with a polar plunge into the city's East Side Lake.

The goal is to bring in as much money as possible for breast cancer research. Everyone who participates is asked to raise at least $50 in donations.

This year's plunge even included a marriage proposal, as ABC 6 reports, with emcee Cody Anderson using his plunge-buddies and some shirts to ask his now-fiance (spoiler: she said yes) the big question. The group then jumped into frigid water. (Check out the ABC 6 link for video.)

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It could have been colder – the temperature in Austin Saturday ranged from a high of 30 to a low of 17, according to Weather Underground.

The event is part of the Hormel Institute's Paint the Town Pink initiative.

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