RANDOLPH, NJ- Taylor Fearon, a seventh grader at RMS braved the cold weather and freezing waters of the Atlantic on Saturday, Feb. 21 in Seaside Heights with his mom, brothers, aunt and uncle at his first Polar Bear Plunge – collectively raising over $800 for Special Olympics of New Jersey. 

This was Taylor’s third plunge, but his first as an actual participant responsible for raising money for the cause and plunging into the ocean.   The prior two years Taylor was on the beach with the plungers, but as a “plunge watcher”, taking video and handing out towels. 

For the past year, Taylor talked about participating and made sure he raised enough money to qualify to assemble on the beach with his 6,000 fellow plungers.   As the 1 p.m. plunge time neared, Taylor walked with pride in his robe and slippers onto the beach before getting down to only his bathing suit shorts.   And with just under a minute left until the plunge bell sounded, signaling the plungers to take off into the water, Taylor turned to his mom and said, “I don’t think I can do this – my feet are so cold!”   

Taylor’s mom (Cyndie Fearon) freezing herself, grabbed her son’s hand and told him how proud she was of him and “cool” (pun intended) he was to do this for those children who would now be able to participate in Special Olympics because of him. Taylor forced a smile, just nodded and stood his ground.  Then the bell sounded, everyone started running and into the ocean they went.