Brave people ski the Mississippi River to raise money for children - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

Brave people ski the Mississippi River to raise money for children

It's cold outside, but for those braving the temperatures Tuesday morning to water ski in the Mississippi River, it was a whole lot colder.

"It was a little chilly out there," skiier Andrea Jameson said.

A little chilly?  When pressed, Jameson finally gave a more honest answer.

"I'm still pins and needles in hands and toes don't have much feeling," Jameson said.

Duane Griffith said his feet felt like blocks of ice. It was Griffith's 20th year to take part in the freezing feat of braving the chilly Mississippi River on New Year's Day.

"First put my feet in get ready mentally, feet start to tingle as you lay back hands cold take off have to throw head back, gets feet and ears cold, that's the roughest part," Griffith said.

So why did skier after skier participate in annual event?

For kids like Hunter Wartenberg.

Hunter has cerebral palsy and through the Dream Factory of Memphis he was able to get an all expense paid trip to Disney World. He also got the VIP front of the line treatment.

All of the brave skiiers were helping raise money for children like Hunter...children hoping to have their dreams come true.


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