The summer has finally arrived after a long cold Spring here on Nantucket. I am preparing for another four-mile marathon swim on August 18, 2018 along the northern coast of Nantucket for Swim Across America. The main community swim will take place on August 25th and feature a number of options including one mile, ½ mile and ¼ mile and kid swims. The Nantucket Swim Across America event raises funds to assist those who are battling cancer. Last year my team raised over $37,500 between colleagues, friends and family and we were the highest grossing team. It is a great cause and supports the expansion of oncology treatment at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and assists those unable to pay for care to get cancer care. While there are many who vacation on Nantucket that fly in private jets, the year round community, is a diverse and hardworking group of people, many of those in financial need. The funds we raise go to assist and sustain cancer care on Nantucket for both the seasonal and year round residents.
It is hard to ask friends and family for money but we have to all face our fears so here is my request. Give what you can and any amount is appreciated. Nationally, Swim Across America is saving lives by supporting innovative research into cancer cures at local health/academic centers. Swim Across America unites communities in a cause to help others. A great message in our times!
We swim to save lives and we ask you to join us in this cause. Think about volunteering, swimming or just tossing us some much needed contributions. Appreciate all that you folks have done to support this cause.
I hope to repeat my goal of swimming the four-mile marathon under 2 hours. If I don't make it under 2 hours I will increase my own contribution by $2,000. Last year for the marathon swim, we had eight people all raising a minimum of $4,000 and swimming under two hours. We also had a favorable tide which we saw as a sign from the Almighty that approved of our efforts. You can make a credit card contribution with the link below, or send a check made out to Swim Across America to either Jill Roethke, 14 Bluebird Lane, Nantucket MA 02554 or me at 50 N. Liberty Street Nantucket, MA 02554. Thanks for your generosity. Let’s do this!
Jimmy the Shark - may be better to be Jimmy the Dolphin!