As many of you know, Swim Across America is a national non-profit organization that hosts swims around the country to raise money for cancer research. Proceeds from the Chicago swim benefit Rush, an organization I'm proud to work for. Since first learning about SAA 10 years ago, I've been committed to joining in on the fight for a cure. This year, I'm taking on a new challenge, participating in the Swim Across Lake Michigan 24-hour relay race from Chicago to Michiana, Michigan on Aug. 18-19.
As I've started training, I've been thinking back to my first SAA open water swim at Nantasket Beach in Boston. I'm envious of the sophomore collegiate swimmer, who, even though she'd never done an open water race before, sailed through the ocean swim without practicing.
Jump ahead 10 years and getting back in the pool and out on the beach isn't so easy. Sometimes to look up at the shot clock and see my times after a particularly hard set can be discouraging - I'm not as fast as I used to be. But then I think of how many other things have changed in the past 10 years as well. Since my first swim I've lost mentors and friends to cancer. I've watched family members endure treatments and I've been awed by patients at Rush who continue to fight. I'm reminded why getting up at 5 a.m. as a swimmer still matters - and may matter even more.
But, I can't do this alone. As a part of my commitment to the Swim Across Lake Michigan race, I've pledged to raise $5,000 by Aug. 18. This is where I need your help. Contributions, large and small, will help us learn how to better understand, treat and fight this terrible disease. Please consider donating to my swim - help me get across the lake and help Rush get across the finish line. Together we can make a difference.
You can make a credit card donation here, or send a check to Swim Across America - Chicago, 47 Polk Street, Suite 100-561, Chicago, IL 60605. The check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning my name as the swimmer you are supporting!
As always, thank you for your support!