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Cold Water Challenge Raises $747 for Lymphoma Patient

Five people had ice-cold water dumped on them to raise money Monday.

Five people had ice-cold water dumped on them to raise money Monday. Credit: Tricia Huffman
Five people had ice-cold water dumped on them to raise money Monday. Credit: Tricia Huffman
How would you like to have gallons of ice-cold water dumped over your head?

Alan Smith, 28, of Galesville, is the founder of Abnormal Behavior Car, Truck and Bike Show began a Cold Water Challenge -- people either have ice cold water dumped on them or jump into a pool (or truck bed) of ice cold water. Or, if they chicken out, they give money to charity.

Smith began the challenge, then called out five others to join in after him, those who participate then call out another five and the cycle continues. So far, about 50 people have done the challenge.

A group gathered Monday night at Happy Harbor Restaurant in Deale for a Cold Water Challenge event -- five were soaked in ice-cold water and others showed up to watch the show.

For those called out to join the challenge but did not want to participate, they were asked to give a donation. Those who attended the event also donated to the cause -- helping Kyle Hamrick.

Hamrick, 23, of Shady Side is a member of Smith’s Abnormal Behavior Car, Truck and Bike Show. He was diagnosed May 2 with stage four non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Hamrick had begun to feel pains going down his spine that led to a trip to the emergency room, where he was diagnosed. He recently completed his first round of chemotherapy and was able to attend the event with his family.

The event Monday raised $747 in just an hour and a half. All of the proceeds went to Hamrick and his family.

Smith’s fifth annual Abnormal Behavior Car, Truck and Bike Show will take place Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Knightongale Farm in Davidsonville. In addition to the show there will be pony rides, a moon bounce, a cornhole tournament and more. The show this year will also benefit Hamrick.

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