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Published on April 22, 2024
Eddie Vedder and Jill Vedder Dive into Seattle's Chilly Waters for 'Plunge for Patterson' EB FundraiserSource: Raph_PH, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Rock icon Eddie Vedder and his wife Jill Vedder made quite a splash this weekend at Alki Beach, diving into icy waters for a polar plunge event with a heartwarming cause – to raise funds for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) research. The couple, recognized for their philanthropic work, are co-founders of the EB Research Partnership (EBRP). This charity is dedicated to finding a cure for EB, a devastating skin disorder that torments children from birth with painful blisters and wounds.

As per West Seattle Blog, Eddie Vedder was present at the 'Plunge for Patterson' event, named for a young boy living with EB. Embarking on the chilly challenge for a second consecutive year, the Vedders join the community effort to support the noble mission of EBRP. The organization aims to reach the audacious goal of curing EB by 2030.

Enthusiasm and generosity were the order of the day as a large crowd gathered to support the Vedders and the EBRP. According to the Westside Seattle, Jill Vedder, motivated by the struggles of a childhood friend's child with EB, co-founded the organization, which has raised nearly $70 million. Their efforts have fueled promising clinical trials and resulted in two new treatments for this harrowing condition.

Speaking to the magnitude of these community efforts, the Westside Seattle reports that the local plunges have amassed $2.5 million, with this year's events alone bringing in $450,000. Jill Vedder expressed her gratitude for the widespread support, stating, "This is our first big year where we decided to really rally the troops and bring out our community to support us." Events like these showcase the power of togetherness and the impact it can have on children who are fighting for a life free from the shackles of a debilitating disease.