Dear Friends & Family,
Welcome to my 2017 Sound to the Cove Swim Across America Home Page. This is the 15th year I am swimming 1-mile in the Long Island Sound in order to raise money that will go directly to Cancer research & treatment priorities. Over the past 14 years, with your generous help and support, I have personally raised over $80,000 which is just incredible. The Sound to the Cove annual Swim Across America event has raised over $7M since its inception and Swim Across America collectively has raised over $65M since its inception! We are really Making Waves to Fight Cancer.
Unfortunately, I am very familiar with Cancer. As many of you know, my brother Paul passed away on February 15th, 2010, at age 43, from Ocular Melanoma Metastatic to the Liver. He fought a courageous 18-month battle when given only 5-months to live against a Cancer that had no successful treatment options available.
My sister JoAnn was diagnosed earlier this year with her 4th Cancer; Lepto Meningeal Disease. This cancer metastasized from her previous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and is unfortunately in the meninges surrounding her brain and spine. Overall, she is doing much better than expected and was fortunate enough to receive Immunotherapy after radiation treatments. The Immunotherapy drug is Keytruda which was approved by the FDA after years of clinical trials and testing, most of which was done at Memorial Sloan Kettering by Dr. Jedd Wolchok. I am so proud of JoAnn's strength, determination and courage through these battles and know she will win this one as well.
My Brother in Law, Richie Magnussen, is doing remarkably well after battling Small Intestine Cancer and a major clinical trial surgery four years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. He is truly a miracle and continues the fight today.
Finally, my Father-in-Law Tom Murn, who passed away on July 19th, was a two-time Cancer survivor. Dad was a fighter having dealt with many health issues but was the most gentle, kind and loving man I knew. He will truly be missed having been a huge part of my life, especially over the past several years while he lived with Terry and I.
This year, I will be swimming in honor of my Sister JoAnn, my Father-in-Law Tom, my Brother-in-Law Richie, my Aunt Fay and my Sister-in-Law Lori. I am also swimming in memory of a good friend named Dick Strom who passed away from Cancer last May. I also swim in memory of Valerie Esposito, who lost her battle last year after having been a true MSK miracle and appearing on NBC news after her Metastatic Melanoma tumors disappered after a clinical trial conducted by Dr. Jedd Wolchok.
I continue to swim in memory of my Brother Paul who continues to fuel my desire to participate in this event. I still can’t believe that his life was robbed at 43 years old because there were no effective Cancer treatments available for his Cancer type!
I also continue to swim in memory of Joy Clark who is my F5 peer Ryan Clark's Mom, Jackie Kortye (Gary's Mom), Anne Dunn (Jennifer's Mom), all of whom fought hard but lost the battle to this horrible disease.
The people mentioned above are the reasons Why I Swim and will continue to swim until a cure to Cancer is found. I am asking you to please make a secure online donation to my swim, of which, 100% of your donation will go directly to Cancer Research and Treatment Priorities in the Quest to find a Cure to Cancer.
Also, please feel free to come to the event on Saturday, August 5th, and see what it is all about.
Thank you and God Bless,