Cancer strikes our world again, many times over this past year. I am sure it has struck your world too.
On Saturday, June 24th, I am swimming three miles in Long Island Sound in the Greenwich-Stamford Open Water Swim for the benefit of Swim Across America and the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.
This year I am swimming in memory of a close family friend who lost his battle with cancer this Spring, and in honor of several others who are currently fighting courageous battles with cancer.
Julian Fraser, a long-time family friend from Old Greenwich, CT, lost his battle with cancer on February 21st, less than a year after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer that effects teenagers and young adults. Julian was 20 years old. His family and friends from Rocky Point, Greenwich High School, Santa Clara University and the swimming and water polo worlds are mourning the loss of this wonderful young man. May his legacy live forever in our swims.
Tom Hagopian, a long-time friend from Darien, CT, who I played softball with for many years after college, lost his father to cancer in January and his mother to pancreatic cancer in May. Tom found out that he also had pancreatic cancer just after his mother died and he has been fighting a tough battle ever since. Tom recently went through a complicated surgery to remove his cancer and we are sending him our best wishes for a successful and speedy recovery.
Barbara Stevens, a friend and fellow insurance executive from Greenwich, CT, was diagnosed with breast cancer (DCIS) last summer and has undergone surgery to rid her of this awful disease. The prognosis for Barbara is excellent. She was lucky that her cancer was discovered early and treatment started immediately.
Todd Koorbusch, another good friend, and resident of Darien, is currently battling non-hodgkins lymphoma. He refuses to give in and is living his life to the fullest. Keep up the good work Todd. We are all here for you and we wish you a complete and full recovery.
In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. I joined the SAA community so that, together, we can change that. I am challenging myself by swimming in the Greenwich - Stamford Open Water Swim and raising as much money to fight cancer as I can. Please support me by sponsoring my 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 here, or send a check to Swim Across America, 14 Little Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877