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My 8th year swimming for SAA will be held this September 17th... and While was very late getting my fundraising started I am thrilled to report that my friends really stepped up this year! The swim is this weekend but we still are happy to accept the donations that may come in a little later!!! All gifts matter!
For 6 of these 8 years, I have participated in the 3 mile Open Water swim, but this year, as I did last year, I will be swimming as an "Angel Swimmer" to assist a new swimmer who has never particpated in an open water event. I insure they get all the way around the course and help guide them, as it can be a bit unnerving to join 500 swimmers in open water at 7:00 in the morning! Essentially, we all share the same goal of fundraising for finding a cure and our monies are directly spent on research. Our efforts may very well help someone we know and love.
The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has our SAA Research Lab here in Baltimore, where we are able to fund special projects to advance cancer research.
I have had to add several new names to my evergrowing list of friends, but sadly this is the reason we swim and continue to support the very worthy cause! I swim in honor of my friends who have been dianosed with a cancer of some sort...
Ray and Steve recently dealt with the news of being diagonosed with prostate cancer, and thankfully, both caught it in an early stage and responded well to treatments. That is such great news. We also learned that our friend Roger, who is in treatment for another cancer is responding well. We cheer for all of these fine people as we know it is a fight!
I also continue to swim for survivors ... My golfing buddy Isabel, my buddy & neighbor Tina, our work out buddy Brad & his wife Liz, our buddy and neighbor Peter and my other friend Peter in DC! My colleagues JoAnne, Teri & Linda! My BFF's Anne & Susan! Our Strawberry Hill friend Lucy, my old freind and previous boss Paul, our fearless SAA leader of many years John, our Mill Rift buddy Fred, and my sweetheart Gavin... My others friends and relatives... Mary, Marina, Lynn too... All survivors!
Sadly, this year I swim in memory of my Maharam colleague and long time friend, Javier, whom I met 30 years ago. He was suddenly stricken in January with a stage 4 cancer and after a brave battle, he succumbed in June, leaving us with many memories and very sad to say the least.
We are also sad to have lost our friend Judd this spring. More recently, I learned of the passing of Anne's beloved brother Peter and my Canadian counterpart lost her favorite cousin.
Over the years, we continue to remember our old friends Maria, Seska, Connie, Ricky, Mike, Marita, Ellen and Timmy ... I also want to add Shannon's sweetheart Steve whom she lost not that long ago! We miss all of these friends and sadly, this is only a partial list!
We all have many friends who are involved in a myriad of worthy causes, so I thank you personally for your consideration and support, as we are making a difference! As I mentioned last year, our SAA lab made a breakthrough with a genetic marker which would be hard for me to explain, but it helps to slow the progress of colon cancer which was a huge deal!
Many thanks to those of you who have been supporting me generously over the entire 8 years ...(I starting participating in the inaugural SAA in Maryland when it came here and established the Hopkins Lab!!!) You guys know who you are!!!
I am in the home stretch here as I am hoping for your support. Remember - every gift matters!
We are grateful to all!!! Thanks so much!!!