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Charlotte Open Water Swim

Gans Strong

As many of you may know, Jeff was diagnosed with oral cancer early last year, which completely flipped our world upside down. You hear about people getting diagnosed all the time because unfortunately cancer affects far too many of us, but that will never prepare you for hearing the word cancer when it comes to your loved one. Thankfully it was caught early on and he was treated by the incredible doctors at Levine. 

We quickly learned how incredibly strong Jeff truly is after going through 9.5 hours of intensive surgery that left him with a trach and unable to speak for days. That never broke his spirit as he took to a white board to crack jokes and reassure us that he was OK, well as OK as he could be at the time. Today, you would never know he had half of his tongue completely reconstructed because of the knowledge and brillaince of his doctors and his strength to push through and get better. We will be forever grateful for everyone who treated him at Levine and gave us a healthy and cancer - free husband, father and friend.

We are participating in the Swim Across America - Charlotte Open Water Swim to not only give back to the cancer community in Charlotte which we know all too well but to also give hope to all of the families that will unfortunately have to go through the same thing as us. Hope that maybe one day the word cancer will be the past, the word cancer doesn't present the immediate feeling of fear, and the word cancer will be something that can be treated and even prevented. All of the funds raised support cancer research, prevention and treatment at Levine, where Jeff was treated. 

Please support us by sponsoring our swim and making a gift. The money you give will go towards cancer research, prevention and treatment and will make an impact in the fight to find a cure.  Thank you for your generosity and may it lead to a cancer-free world!

You can make a credit card donation by clicking on the "donate now" button or one of the members of our team to the right. You may also send a check to Swim Across America, 11600 N. Community House Rd., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28277. Check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning our team or the swimmer you are supporting.


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