I am often asked why I swim?
There are so many reasons and like most experiences in life, the reasons evolve over time. I have been connected and committed to fighting cancer over 30 years. From countless hours fundraising and volunteering my time, to running and swimming in various events. But, for the last 8 years, my focus has been with Swim Across America (SAA). While I stumbled across SAA by chance as I was looking for an activity I could do with my nephew, Tim Buttigieg, SAA has changed my life for the better. And, I am grateful.
I officially joined SAA’s Board of Directors last fall and with my new found “up close and personal” look behind the curtains of SAA, I am more blown away by their mission, goals, and dedication. I have profound gratitude for the work they do and for the people involved, and I am lucky to call them friends. Their passion to beat cancer runs deep and I am inspired to do more to help.
So, once again I will tackle the 2K Long Island Sound Open Water swim (UGH!....I really don’t like open water swimming) on Saturday, July 28th. But, the experience this year will be more meaningful as we have officially created a team and have 5 swimmers! Please support any one of us! Team BeachBum needs your help. Our goal for this year’s swim is $30,000. Over the past 7 years, we have raised just under $250,000. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY!
I am proud to introduce you to our BeachBum Team:
Kimberly Wilson Wetty - Team Captain and swimming for the 8th time
Tim Buttigieg- Swimming for the 7th time
Andrew Wetty - Swimming for 3rd time and first time in the Long Island Sound
Ashley Wetty - Rookie year and doing the 2k Long Island Sound
Celia Haims – Swimming for the 2nd time
Chris Garcia (one of Andrew’s Fordhamp Prep friends) - Rookie year and doing the 2k Long Island Sound
Did you know that in our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer? Every 15 minutes, 50 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. They will hear those heavy words…you have cancer. Sobering reality. The pain, anguish and suffering is awful and affects our loved ones, colleagues and friends. We need hope, love and support to find an end to cancer.
For me personally, cancer continues to hit way too close to home and I want a world where we are cancer free. So, until then, we keep fighting. We keep raising money for medical trials. We keep bringing awareness and support to our communities.
As many of you know, I love hugs. I think they just make everything a little better. Through my swimming and fundraising efforts to fight cancer, I hope to send hugs to people fighting cancer. To the family and friends of their loved ones fighting cancer. To the doctors and nurses who are taking care of cancer patients. To all those who are working to find a cure for cancer. And, anyone else who simply needs a hug. We all deserve them!
Please consider making a donation as we make waves to fight cancer. Feel free to donate to any one of us (you can search for our individual names on the Swim Across America website) or log onto our Team Page...it all goes to the same great cause! Every dollar matters!
Thank you for your consideration! Wishing you a joyous and happy summer!
With love and HUGS,