Unfortunately, cancer strikes our world again. I am sure it has struck your world too.
On Saturday, June 23rd, I am swimming three miles in the cold water of Long Island Sound in the Greenwich-Stamford Open Water Swim for the benefit of Swim Across America and the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy.
My old team, Peter's Defeaters, has teamed up with Team Julian in order to continue the legacy of Julian Fraser, a wonderful young man and a close family friend who lost his battle with cancer last year. Julian's legacy will be preserved through this team of dedicated swimmers and fundraisers, and as long as I am able, I will swim in Julian's memory and for other friends who are fighting the battle, or who have lost the battle with cancer.
Julian Fraser lost his battle with osteosarcoma on February 21st, 2017, less than a year after it was diagnosed. Osteosarcoma is an agressive form of bone cancer that effects teenagers and young adults. Julian was 20 years old. His family and friends from the Rocky Point Club, Greenwich Water Polo, Greenwich High School, Santa Clara University and the swimming and water polo worlds celebrate the life of this talented young man and his legacy with Team Julian.
Tom Hagopian, a friend from Darien, CT, proud Michigan grad, father of Louis and Paul, husband of Anne and a former outfielder on the Carlson & Carlson softball team, was told two years ago that he had beaten pancreatic cancer. Last year, the cancer came back and Tom is back in another tough battle. Keep fighting Tom! We are all with you.
Todd Koorbusch, another good friend, golf buddy and resident of Darien continues his fight battling non-hodgkins lymphoma. Todd refuses to give up and is living life to the fullest as he battles his cancer. Keep up the good work Todd. We are all here for you and we wish you a complete recovery.
Nicole Graham is the daughter of my long time friends Bruce and Michele Graham. As a Greenwich High School junior, Nicole was diagnosed with ALL lukemia which she fought a tough battle against for two and a half years. Nicole was cancer free for five years, until this January when the sad news came that her cancer returned. Nicole was forced to return home in her senior year at Dartmouth to finish up college remotely and fight yet another battle with ALL lukemia. We are all sending positive thoughts to Nicole for a permanent recovery.
Hank Minchin, Sr., an old friend, fourth generation Greenwichite and owner of Minchin Buick GMC, Inc. in Stamford passed away on January 7th this year after battling cancer for several years. Hank was a loving husband, father of three and grandfather of six who was taken from us too early. Rest in peace, Hank.
In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. I joined the Swim Across America community so that, together, we can change that. I am challenging myself by swimming three miles 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 help 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.