This Website is dedicated to everyone who
participates to help the kids in need both past and present.
Thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors,
Jumpers and Brenda & Jamie for making this all possible.
"My story begins long before I even knew exactly
what the Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump was all
about. I was a young kid when my story starts and it
probably shouldn't even be called my story because
it started with my parents. Try and picture what
life was like in 1998 - sad for me to say because I
was only a year old at the time so I have no memory
of this year - but that is when my parents' life
changed. Nothing would really be the same again. At
the age of thirty-five, this was the year my dad
was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Since I was
so young, I never got the chance to feel any of the
emotions my parents had felt. I never had to
experience the panic they had or to ask "what is
going to happen next?" I guess that makes me lucky
in a sense, but even now, I wish I could have been
Now let's jump up to the year 2003,
this is the year that the Waters asked my mother if
my dad would like to be a recipient in that year's
Polar Bear Jump. Initially, my mother declined, but
after a few weeks went by and being asked again, she
accepted. It was at this very moment that concreted
my role in the Jump. Even though it would be years
later that I was old enough to volunteer my time, it
was my mom's decision in 2003 that lead me to where
I am today. This was also the year that Scott
Woodrow decided to jump in the lake (for my dad) and
where he stated he will never do it again - which we
will get to later, as it ties into the story.
Because of the generosity and good people at the
Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump, my family received
around $4,500. Being a child then, I didn't
understand and all I wanted to do was keep buying
tickets for the 50/50 with my parents money.
However, as an adult now, I would like to thank each
and every person back then because it means the
world to me now.
To give back, my mother,
Tara Devlin, became a volunteer each year by helping
out at registration and the banquet. When I became a
little older I wanted to help my mom because I was
at the age where all I wanted to do was what my mom
did. I learned a little bit each year and around age
11 or 12 was when I finally got the responsibility
to do things, like selling the jumper sweatshirts.
Fast forward about 2-3 years (around 2011) and I
became one of the web administrators of pbjump.com.
This is also when I decided that I must jump before
I graduate high school in 2015.
still thought that jumping was a little insane so I
put off my decision to jump for a couple years. It
was the end of 2014 and I was a senior at Milford
Central and I realized I had to jump because I had
made a promise to myself. So then I solidified my
decision and so last year (the coldest, most
horrible conditions ever for the jump) I jumped. I
jumped with Scott Woodrow - the great man that
jumped for my dad. This was one of the best things I
have done and may possibly do it again (but no
promises this time!)
I continue to help out
the Jump by maintaining the website, helping the
Waters with many tasks, working at jumper
registration, and then working at the banquet. I
volunteer to help out the children and adults like
my dad and to hopefully, create a chain reaction
that initially got me started. The Goodyear Lake
Polar Bear Jump has been a huge part of my life and
I think it made me a better person and it taught me
that one can never be alone with a great and
supportive community behind them."
Daughter of past recipient, Tim
Left to right: me, Kaylee (my little sister), and my
Taken at 2003 PB Jump Banquet
Left to right: me, my dad
Taken at my Graduation
from Milford Central School on June 26, 2015.
Are you a
past or present recipient (or a family member) and
would like to submit a story? Then email it to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Include story title, author,
author's relation to past or present recipient, name
and year of recipient - as seen above. Pictures are
optional, but we would love to have them! Present or
past photos; it doesn't matter!
You can write about:
Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump means to you.
the Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump helped you and
-How you give back to others in
These are not guidelines, just some