I am participating for the fourth year for Team Mackey in this Swim Across America event in the Long Island Sound, repeating the 5K swim distance for the third time. As was the case last year, our team is named for friend and former colleague Bill Mackey who continues in remission and is going strong, nearing his six-year anniversary of being free of cancer.
I am sorry to say that I have friends and family members who are less fortunate in their battle with cancer. As I have done the last few years, I am also swimming in the memory of several people, including Lou Mante, a long-time friend and my best man, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer a dozen years ago when he was 47, my cousin Joe Morra lost his very short battle in 2014 at age 58 and, on the other side of the ocean, my cousin Vincenzo Musci passed two years ago at age 62.
All of the "M's" on my list share/shared common traits – very good men in word and deed, loving husbands and caring fathers and, in the case of Lou, Joe and Vincenzo, taken from their family and friends at much too young an age. It is their strength in their fight as well as the strength of their families that inspire and motivate me.
As I am fortunate to be blessed with good health, I take this challenge to help raise funds and awareness to battle this dreadful affliction. Please join me in this endeavor – be it through your good wishes/positive thoughts during my VERY early morning training for this open water swim, through your generous donations or all of the above.
If interested in making a donation, you can make a credit card donation via this site or send a check to:
Swim Across America
P.O. Box No. 217
Larchmont, NY 10538-0217
I want to thank you in advance for your support.
Thanks and best regards, Mike