Chuck Rosa took his fight for drug abuse prevention to the polar plunge yesterday, by jumping into the frigid Atlantic Ocean in Maine with 40 others. According to SeacoastOnline.com , Chuck Rosa started the organization Chucky’s Fight after his two sons died from drug overdoses. He lost one son in 2003, and the other the following year. Since then, Chuck has plunged into the ocean almost every day.
“I do it every day to keep myself clean and sober and to visit my sons, whose ashes are spread out there,” Chuck begins. ”I hope to give people some inspiration and hope who may be struggling with substance abuse.” Chuck fought his own battle with alcoholism years before. After the loss of his two son’s, he remained vigilant and sober, although he admits it was difficult at times.
In 2003, Chuck suffered his first loss of a child, with his son’s, Vincent’s, death from a drug overdose. In the year following Vincent’s death, his older brother, Dominic also turned to drugs. Chuck believes that Dominic felt an extreme amount of guilt for not protecting his younger brother, which may have played into his own substance abuse. Dominic died the following year, also from a drug overdose. Chuck has another son, Charles, who also fought addiction. Charles attended treatment, and has managed to rebuild his life.
Chucky’s Fight is dedicated to helping prevent substance abuse in teens. Chuck Rosa has a vested interest in this cause, driven by his own addictions as well as the addictions and deaths of his own children. Yesterday, Chucky’s Fight took the polar plunge, as a charity event to raise money for the organization’s cause.
Fifty-two year old Chuck Rosa was the first to jump into the cold, Maine water at Seabrook Beach. He is used to the ice cold water, as he jumps in daily, so he took the lead. After jokingly “checking for sharks,” Chuck gave the go ahead for the rest of the plungers. A legion of men and women bolted into the 42-degree water, which was followed by screaming and howling from the sting of such cold water. The event was a success, although it sent a number of shivers up the spines.
Image courtesy of Cheryl Senter Photo and SeacoastOnline.com.