This winter I will be diving into Lake Michigan at the 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge on behalf of the 22,000 Special Olympics athletes participating across Illinois.

While my Plunge promises to be a little frigid, I do not mind because I am supporting the amazing athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. I’m excited to join the thousands of warm-hearted individuals that will participate in the Polar Plunge. 

To jump into the frigid waters, I have set a personal fundraising goal and I need your help to reach it!  Any amount is appreciated! Best of all, your donation helps provide athletes with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in Special Olympics programs and reveal their inner champion.

Donating through this site is simple, fast, and secure. It is also the most efficient way to make a contribution to my Polar Plunge efforts and show your support for Special Olympics Illinois. 

On a personal note, I'll be taking part in the Polar Plunge this year in honor of my father, Joel Patingre. In 2002, my father passed away from a heart attack while running and carrying the torch for the Special Olympics of CT, an organization he supported, among so many others. He devoted his mind and body to the cause of others - so why shouldn't I.

Thanks in advance for your support – and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

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