Hi Everyone! I am real excited again to lead MSA Team Out of My Box in the Swim Across America Charlotte Event on September 15th! This is the second year for the event and in the first year MSA Team Out of My Box led all funraising efforts in Charlotte with a grand total of $45,000!!!! Hopefully we have inspired other groups to raise their fundraising bar for this event and Charlotte can blow our last year's fundraising total out of the water!!! I do not think that there is anyone on the planet that has not been touched by cancer in their lifetime through family and/or friends. Cancer is cruel, non-discriminatory, and must be eradicated from this planet. The suffering must end and headway must be made through research.
The money raised in Charlotte goes to the Levine Cancer Institute right here in Charlotte and will fuel research dedicated toward finding clues toward a cure. There just not are enough research dollars out there and Levine needs more private funding through our community. Your donation helps give the Doctors and scientists the money they need to forge on in their quest to solve the cancer puzzle and help generations to come. The Doctors and scientists at Levine are on the cutting edge with their research and treatments. They are an amazing group and they need our help!
Team Out of My Box swims in honor of all those we know who have won their battle against cancer, those currently battling cancer and for those that have lost their battle, in particular our teammate Brian Miller. Brian Miller lost his battle to lung cancer (non-smoker) in December of 2016. His love of swimming, our team and his love of life has fueled our team since his passing. We chose to honor his memory and support the Doctors and research scientists at Levine with our participation.
We had several swimmers, "get out of their box" and swim in open water. Open water and pool swimming are related but yet very different. Each of us has to get over the "ick" factor of a lake and forget about our friend the black line!!! Our team has a new found respect and liking for open water through participating in this event.
So I am asking you for your support again. I am asking for a donation of any denomination! Last year with my army of friends and family (zero corporate dollars) I raised over $13,000.00. This year my personal goal is $5000.00 and with your help I can do this!!!! I would love to see our team duplicate or even surpass the $45,000.00.
I will be training very hard and teaching people on our team how to swim in open water so they can join our team and participate. I actually will be out of town celebrating my 20th wedding anniversay in Yellowstone so I cannot swim on the date, but I will do my 3 mile swim for you, for my team and for Brian before te September 15th event!
Thank you so much for supporting me. I believe in the Levine Cancer Institute and I am grateful for this opportunity from Swim Across America to do somethig impactful for my community and beyond.
Thank you and much love,