… which would you choose
Florida is where most beach-goers flock in March. But Michelle Nye is not your typical beach-goer. This Florida resident, instead, packed her bags and headed to Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts for her ocean vacation.
Why Massachusetts in March? Nye wanted to cross something off her bucket list that had been there for years. She joined hundreds of others who braved the single digit wind chills and 41-degree water temps to jump into the Atlantic Ocean at Special Olympics Massachusetts’ annual Nantasket Beach Polar Plunge on Saturday, March 4. Nye took the icy dip in stride, “it felt like I was stung by a million bees as I was running out and lost feeling in my fingers and toes. It took them a little while to get warm again but all is good now.”
A few moments of feeling frigid was well worth leaving the warm 68 degrees at her Gotha, Florida home. Nye who grew up in Shrewsbury, MA, has been wanting to join her best friends at the Plunge for years. Monica and Jack Fitzpatrick,
who still live in Shrewsbury, first became involved with the Plunge to support their neighbor who’s active with Special Olympics. Every year for the past six years Nye has vowed to join them. This year the timing finally worked out.
As part of the 13 member Plunging Pirates team, Nye, the Fitzpatrick’s and the other ten members raised almost $9,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts this year. Nye believes, “If you’re going to do something like this you might as well do it for a great cause. I was glad to be able to raise money for Special Olympics.” We know that support can come from the most unexpected places. We are so thankful to all the plungers and notably Michelle Nye our warm weather plunger who braved the brutal conditions to support Special Olympics Massachusetts.