|On a cold and blustery day in March, more than 300 members from the community turned out to plunge in the frigid 39 degree Atlantic Ocean at Nelson Field beach to support the 14th Annual Jordan’s Polar Plunge. This year, the Jordan Hospital Club (JHC) Cancer Center, a volunteer fundraising group, raised over $65,000.
This year’s funds will go to help pay for continuing education programs for nursing and cancer center staff, to help fund the Patients’ Assistance Fund for patients facing financial hardships while battling their illness, and to help fund the purchase of two vein finders.
The event dates back to 2003 and is perhaps most notable for its ability to unite the community for a common cause. “Over the last 13 years, the event has raised more than $1.2 million for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth’s JHC Cancer Center,” says Catherine McKenna, Jordan Hospital Club. “These funds help make a difference to those faced with this horrible disease and to the staff, providing them with continuing education opportunities to ensure that BID-Plymouth cancer patients receive the highest quality of care available.”
The goal of the Polar Plunge is to support a valuable community resource. The Jordan Hospital Club Cancer Center provides high-quality care in a comfortable and convenient setting to area residents facing life-changing diagnoses. One of the few treatment centers south of Boston that offers both chemotherapy and radiation therapy, The JHC Cancer Center offers patients access to a multidisciplinary team of medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, nurses, radiation therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, lab technicians and social workers, and access to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, if needed.