Cancer Freeze deadline is Jan. 4

Published 12:02 am Thursday, December 27, 2012

The deadline is fast approaching to become involved in one of the area’s largest cancer fighting fundraisers – Cancer Freeze.

Organizer Caleb Davidson said Jan. 4 is the last day for T-shirt sponsorships for the event that donates its profits to three individuals fighting cancer. This year’s beneficiaries are Kaleb Jones, the toddler son of Florala High School football coach Justin Jones and his wife, Joni; Dee Ladd, a 50-year-old from the Harmony Community; and Megan Landreth, a 25-year-old Walton County, Fla., pediatric nurse.

“It’s crunch time for those wishing to get their name on the 1,000 T-shirts we’re ordering for the day,” Davidson said. Sponsorship levels are $100, $250 and $500. To date, four area businesses have committed to being a $500 level sponsor.

“That’s so encouraging,” he said. “We had a great level of interest early on, and I hope it continues. We’re reaching different areas this year from Enterprise to Baker (Fla.).”

Davidson and volunteers are currently working to finalize plans for the Feb. 2, 2013, event.

Since the fundraising event began in 2007, the day’s activities have grown tremendously. The day first started where, for a $20 entry fee, skiers braved the waters of Florala’s Lake Jackson in the middle of the winter – which led to the name “Cancer Freeze.” The day now includes a chili cook-off, silent auction, a 5K race and motorcycle ride.

Davidson also announced a 10K bike ride will immediately follow the 5K race.

“Last year, we were overwhelmed by the number of people who came to do the run,” Davidson said. “We thought we’d grown on that, and it worked.”

He said items are also needed for the silent auction.

“We’d love any kind of donation you want to give and hope to see everyone in February,” he said.

For those wishing to participate, donate or sponsor, contact Davidson at 850-978-3726, by e-mail at or visit the organization’s Facebook page.