In an act of incredibly selfless sacrifice, a local woman is promising to swim across Sheepshead Bay, on a presumably freezing December 2 afternoon, all in an effort to raise money for her Hurricane Sandy-displaced friends, Morti and Shira.

Morti and Shira Lebovich are a young Manhattan Beach couple whose basement apartment was flooded, causing them to lose most all their things, and forcing them, their two young children and dog, out of their home. Ilana, the woman promising to swim the Bay, has invited people to donate, take the plunge, or do both through her impromptu website.

According to Ilana, her biggest fear seems to be the freezing water she expects to wade through come December 2, but who knows what other disgusting obstacles await her in those treacherous Bay waters, so you know she isn’t kidding around and that the welfare of her friends mean a great deal to her.

She’s already raised over $1,o00, and if you’d like to donate, or risk your own hide swimming for a good cause, check out Ilana’s official page with more information on the event here.

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  • JR

    With the CSO advisories in effect still you could be hurt possibly fatally… Go jump in the ocean like the Polar Bears… The Bay is dumb place to do it

  • ES

    It’s a noble act and I applaud her for her altruism, but I would be terrified that my skin would fall off. I hope she wears protective gear that would prevent any water whatsoever from coming into contact with her skin.

    • ShadowLock

      might gargle some of it.

      • ES

        *vomit*

  • Ilan

    בהצלחה

  • dontTAKEthe Plunge

    maybe we can donate to her NOT going into the water on our behalf. the water isnt safe right now.

  • bagels

    I think Morti and Shira should tell her not to do it. It’s dangerous and unnecessary.

  • anon

    sweet but meshuganah –

  • Tinman

    What a wonderful and brrrrrave gesture. Good luck!

  • http://www.brucebrodinsky.com Bruce B

    Bravo! Maybe this can provide inspiration to clean up the Bay.

  • Barkingspider07

    and what exactly is this act of stupidity supposed to accomplish?