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Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 5:07 pm

DECATUR, Ala. (WAAY)- The rain and cloudy weather didn't stop about a hundred people from going to Riverwalk Marina to bring in the new year in a special way.

Kim Murdock drove an hour and fifteen minutes from Petersburg, Tennessee to take the plunge into the 43 degree water of the Tennessee River.

"The whole way I was just so excited because this is the first time I've ever done anything like this," said Murdock. "We're not guaranteed tomorrow or even an hour from now, so living life to the fullest every day and doing something that you normally would not do is actually really exhilarating."

However, that's not the only reason she decided to jump.

"A good friend of my family named Nancy is actually dying of breast cancer today or tomorrow," said Murdock. "And my best friend as a child died of breast cancer too a few years ago, so I just wanted remember them today by doing this."

That's why she proudly wrote 'For Tracy and Nancy' on her back before she took the plunge. She said she hoped it would raise awareness and let everyone around her know why she was doing it.

T-shirts were also being sold for a good cause. All proceeds will go to the Morgan County Meals On Wheels program. Last year, around $1,100 was raised for the organization.

So, despite the messy weather, the new members of the Polar Bear Club were able to have fun and do something meaningful to start the year.

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