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Thousands jump in the ocean for polar bear plunge

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 It's an annual tradition along the Jersey Shore, the New Year's Day polar bear plunges.

Thousands up and down the coast started 2013 as cold as ice.

"Ahhh it's invigorating. It's more than I expected. Its absolutely terrific," Dale Raesly said.

This was a special day for Dale Rasely, he's wanted to make this jump for a long time.

"Five years ago I had a brand new heart put in at UPENN and this is always something I've wanted to do," Raesly said.

Dales transplant team gave him the okay and he jumped into the cold water along side so many others.

"We are a little crazy but its all for a good cause," Raesly said after he got out of the water.

With a water temperature of 43 degrees this is a cold start for so many along the Jersey Shore, but they are all doing it for a good cause.

"All of the funds from today's event go directly to our programs and services to help pay for our programs and services that help people living with the challenges of MS," Kim Goodrich of the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America said.

Money raised in Atlantic City went to Multiple Sclerosis, while Brigantine gave its support to the Fisher House, which supports wounded soldiers and their families, Ocean City's crowd gave to Hurricane Sandy relief.

"It warms our hearts at this time we had a lot of catastrophe and endeavors that we personally as a community have gone through and right now to do this for our soldiers, we may have lost our personal items our personal things, but we still have out arms and legs," one Brigantine resident said.

As for Dale he's got a plan for the rest of the night.

"Were gonna go to the Irish Pub and have a couple cocktails," Raesly said.

For ways to help with Fisher house visit their donation site: http://www.fisherhouse.org/donate/

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